About Sue

Sue Cartwright is the founder of Prioritise Mental Health and Wellbeing and has a lifetime of experience lived mental health.

She is an international author, advocate, inspirational speaker, transformational coach, trainer and facilitator and is passionate about raising the profile of mental health. She uses her life experience, her ACC level 2 in counselling qualification, along with being a Corporate mental health facilitator and a first aid mental health instructor. Helping people see that they have a voice and they can be heard, helping others to also see how they can help and support those with mental health issues.

Sue uses her training and experience to bring out steps that help people journey through life using her ARC model for recovery. That is helping a person to acknowledge and accept where they are, reaching out to find a solution and committing to take action.

This model was vital in her journey and keeps her moving forward today; and can be used in many situations, not just mental health.

Sue is passionate about:
  • Helping people build stronger relationships, both in the workplace and with friends and family by gaining a greater understanding of mental health.
  • What she does and loves to share her story.
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From Despair to Hope
Here I am - Empowered

This book talks of Sue's person struggles with mental health and the ARC model she put in place to help move her through from Despair to Hope and Empowerment. 

In this book, Sue seeks to focus the reader’s attention by taking them on her journey of transformation from Despair to Hope and Empowerment.

This journey wasn’t always easy and at times Sue was misunderstood, rejected, abused, ghosted. She shares with us the reader, her battle with mental illness including depression, anxiety, a breakdown, and a suicide attempt.

Everything within Sue told her she was a failure, she was no good to anybody, and went around with a message on her head saying, ‘use me, abuse me, hurt me’, for that, is my purpose in life. The words within this book take you through some of the experiences that led Sue to owning those words, before journeying through to changing the words on her head to say, ‘Here I am EMPOWERED’.

Sue introduces her ARC model, a strategy that she used and developed, and which was vital in her journey of recovery. This keeps her moving forward today and can be used in many ways to help people move through their life journey.


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Powerful Personal insight

From Despair to Hope offers a detailed personal insight into Sue’s journey through abuse, trauma and despair. It highlights the impact of abuse on a victim, and Sue powerfully describes what this feels like and the many emotions involved in such a journey. The book then sets out a number of helpful strategies for both victims and for those seeking to understand how they can best get alongside and support people on their journey from despair to hope.

FLOSSIE - 5 star review (Amazon)

Must read

As owner of a Health Club in Sheffield, UK this book is essential for understanding and accepting mental health as a subject that needs to be addressed across all settings! Sue has opened up to talk about her past which has been traumatic to say the least but has helped her to become the empowered author and business owner she is today. And yes yes yes to the ARC model!!!


Excellent read

This book takes you on a real life journey through Sue’s personal experiences and shows that through holding onto a faith in God there is a true purpose in life. The content is very engaging and will definitely be a great help to readers who may have experienced situations in their own lives or who may have friends and family who are struggling with life’s pressures. Sue’s ARC model will be a useful tool for readers to follow and help them move forward in their own personal situations.

From Despair to Hope

I loved this book as I found I could relate to it in many ways and it has helped me believe in myself more. You are not alone!! There are people out there who care!! I will highly recommend this book.
Janet - 5 star review (Amazon)
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From Despair to Hope
Here I am - Empowered

This book talks of Sue's person struggles with mental health and the ARC model she put in place to help move her through from Despair to Hope and Empowerment.