I have been the Chief Executive of Mind in Harrow since 2008. I have a passion to work for Mind in Harrow because of my experience of mental health problems in my twenties and what I learnt helped or hindered my recovery. I believe that lived experience of mental health problems must be at the heart of everything our organisation says and does.
I started working at Mind in Harrow in 1995 as the Admin/Information Worker and became Deputy Chief Executive 10 years later. I am motivated every day to champion better treatment and support for people experiencing mental health problems. While there have been positive changes in how mental health is perceived in society and in the media since I started working at Mind 25 years ago, there is a long way to travel before we achieve that goal. I see far too often in role where people cannot find the help they need to break out of a cycle of isolation, overwhelming personal challenges or despair.
I enjoy my varied working week, connecting with everyone involved with Mind in Harrow: our service users, trustees, volunteers, staff, supporters, colleagues in the Mind Network and other local charities. There are so many amazing people who make up our organisation or help us to run our services.