Mental Health Fellows' Story Collection

Author: Helen Aherne
Mental Health Fellows' Story Collection

Read more about some of our Fellows' achievements in this area - from tackling parental mental illness, PTSD, street gangs, suicide prevention, and supported education programmes.

Mandy Bell was working for Gloucestershire Young Carers in 2010, when she decided to embark on a Fellowship to Australia to increase the quantity and quality of support for families - particularly children - affected by parental mental illness. Read more...

Matthew Wesson travelled to Washington and Texas for four weeks in 2009, to study how the US military prevent and treat traumatic stress injuries. Read more...

Donna Marsh was a Mental Health Nurse working in a Maximum Security Prison, where she was responsible for assessing and supporting adults with severe and enduring mental health problems. She travelled to the USA in 2010, to research why people join street gangs, why they are drawn to this lifestyle, and what keeps them in the gang. Read more...

Garreth Murrell found himself in personal crisis fourteen years after leaving the armyAs a veteran, he was keen to help others once he'd managed to overcome his own PTSD. As a result of his Fellowship in 2010 he now runs an award winning charity doing just that. Read more...

Mark Bolt is an operational police officer who has studied the interface between criminal justice and mental health. He went to the USA in 2013 to study the way in which their criminal justice system deals with suspects with mental health illnesses. Read more...

Norma Clark's Fellowship in 2012 explored the delivery of supported education programmes for adults living with mental health issues. Read more...

Andrew Smith is a Community Psychiatric Nurse and is the Northern Ireland Team Lead at Combat Stress, the UK's leading Veterans' mental health charity. His Fellowship in 2014 to Canada explored various models of community mental health care offered to veterans abroad, with a specific focus on the function of operational stress injury clinics. Read more...

Helen Lee-Savage and Anne EmburyFellows of 2014, both undertook Fellowships with a focus on suicide prevention and support for people bereaved by suicide. They have since been working together to improve the experience families have when bereaved by the suicide of a loved one who has been receiving mental health services in Cornwall. Read more...

Garry Botterill travelled to the USA in 2015 to research the use of specially trained assistance dogs to help veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, and what he learnt helped him develop his own charity, Service Dogs UK. Read more...

Rita Long's 2014 Fellowship saw her travel to the USA and Canada to look at ways of involving people with bipolar disorder in research and service development. Read more...

Dr Dawn Edge travelled to Canada and the USA in 2014, and Jamaica and Barbados in 2015, to explore different approaches to supporting African-Caribbean people with mental health issues. Read more...

Eva Okwonga travelled to the USA in 2016 to explore peer-led music projects for people with mental health issues. She spent time working with the world’s only peer-led classical music organisation for those with mental health problems. Read more...

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