The Mental Health Foundation Speakers' Bureau (formerly the SHIFT Speakers' Bureau)

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The Mental Health Foundation Speakers’ Bureau (formerly run by SHIFT, part of the now-closed National Mental Health Development Unit) is a network of people who have mental health problems, who are keen to speak out about their experiences in the media and at public events and conferences.

Members of the Speakers’ Bureau come from all walks of life and have extraordinary stories to tell. Their accounts help to challenge the myths and stereotypes about mental illness by giving people with mental health problems a voice, raising awareness of mental health issues and helping reduce the stigma and discrimination that surrounds it in the process.

To speak to someone from the Speakers’ Bureau, please contact the Mental Health Foundation Press Office on press@mhf.org.uk / 020 7803 1110.

Speakers’ Bureau members come from all round the country, and have a variety of experiences to share, including:

  • Anti-natal depression
  • Anxiety and general anxiety disorder (GAD)
  • Bi-polar disorder
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Manic depression
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Panic attacks
  • Post-natal depression
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Schizo-affective disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Self-harm
  • Severe stress  

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Speakers' Bureau Biographies
Speakers' Bureau Biographies

Read the short biographies of some of the individuals available to speak to the media or at public events.