We offer a service to journalist looking for information on mental health and learning disabilities.

Our team of experts at the Mental Health Foundation and the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities are available for interview on issues relating to mental wellbeing or learning disabilities and on the symptoms, prevalence and treatment of most mental health problems (including depression, anxiety, bipolar and schizophrenia).

To speak to case studies about their experiences with mental health problems, please visit the Mental Health Foundation Speakers’ Bureau.

Contact the Press Office team on 020 7803 1110, or email

Our spokespeople and their expertise

toby-williamson-summary Toby Williamson, Head of Development and Later Life
Older people’s mental health, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, mental capacity, Mental Capacity Act, accessibility and development of community services, government mental health and social care strategy, mental health assessments, veterans and mental health, loneliness, ethics and values, and social inclusion.

Image of Dr Eva Chylarova Dr Eva Cyhlarova, Head of Research
General and abnormal psychology, nutrition and mental health, depression, vulnerability factors in psychological disorders, neurodevelopmental conditions (Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder/ ADHD), psychoses, personality (Schizotypy), and general mental health.

david-creapaz-keay-summary David Crepaz-Keay, Head of Patient and Public Involvement
Development, delivering and evaluation of service user involvement, family and carer involvement, peer support, mental health awareness, self-management training, and empowerment.

Image of Susan Blishen Susan Blishen, Project Manager, Right Here
Right Here project, mental health and wellbeing of young people, youth involvement projects, and charity partnership management.

isabelle-goldi-summary Isabella Goldie, Head of Mental Health Programmes, Scotland
Scottish mental health policy, public mental health and wellbeing, prevention and early intervention, later life, equalities and inequalities in mental health, mental health of black and minority ethnic communities, asylum seekers and refugees, Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, mental health and the arts, service user centred research, empowerment and recovery, and general mental health.

Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities Spokespeople

Image of Barbara McIntosh Head of Children and Young People's Programmes
Areas of expertise: Autism, Aspergers Syndrome, consultancy, young people and the Criminal Justice System, bullying and harassment, day centres and services, Local Authority provision, services outside of the UK, transitions from child to adult services, service reviews and quality checking of services, personal budgets, Circles of Support and innovative approaches, development of the voluntary and third sectors, care management, and social work.Read Barbara's biography

Icon of a person Christine Burke, Senior Development Manager
Areas of expertise: spirituality and faith communities, ethnicity, person centred planning, employment, leadership for self-advocates, and Circles of Support.Read Christine's biography

Image of Jill Davies Jill Davies, Research Programme Manager
Areas of expertise: young people and transition, Autism, mental health of people with learning disabilities, children and families, and leadership for self-advocates.

Christine Towers, Research and Development Manager at the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities Christine Towers, Service and Development Manager
Areas of expertise: fathers, family work, day opportunities, older family carers, respite and short breaks, direct payments, and consultancy.

Image of Keith Bates Keith Bates, Project Manager, In-Business
Areas of expertise: supported employment, self-employment, social enterprise and social firms, supporting people to set up co-operatives, and business and enterprise development.Read Keith's biography

Image of Molly Mattingly Molly Mattingly, Assistant Director
Areas of expertise: person centred planning, circles of support, community inclusion, consultancy, employment, personalisation, families and transition.Read Molly's biography