I have experience of sitting on advisory groups for matters concerning policy, research, and user engagement. These include projects with: National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), McPin Foundation, Rethink Mental Illness, King’s College London, University of Birmingham. I have also worked alongside local authorities, patient groups and commissioning groups across West Sussex.
NIHR + University of Birmingham study: role of the Third Sector in Mental Health Crisis Care
March 2017 – present
NIHR Clinical Research Network’s Young People’s Advisory Group
January 2014 – present
REACH Study Advisory Group on behalf of McPin Foundation (Link)
Classroom and Online Resource – Rethink Mental Illness (Link)
Other volunteering roles
Time to Change
I am an advocate for speaking out against the stigma attached to mental health. I have undertaken media training and subsequently been on several media outlets: Radio 4, Radio 1, BBC News Live.
My involvement with the campaign includes:
– The Department of Health’s Annual Wellbeing event on July 3rd 2013.
– Volunteer at the Time to Change “Village Fair” in Lewisham – August 2013.
– Participation in a small focus group between TTC, YoungMinds and Deputy PM Nick Clegg. We covered the issues arising in CAMHS and Adult Mental Health Services whilst also providing suggestions on how best to improve mental health services.