About the authors
Susan Blishen is a consultant to Right Here, responsible for disseminating the learning from the initiative and the final evaluation results. She was one of the principal architects of Right Here, which she managed from its inception in 2009. She is also an expert advisor to BIG’s Headstart programme.
Prior to managing Right Here, Susan helped to develop and then manage a number of new programmes for Paul Hamlyn Foundation, including its Social Justice Programme and the Reading and Libraries Challenge Fund to improve access to books and reading for young people on the margins.
Susan began her career in publishing and literature promotion. Publications include: with Moira Fraser, Supporting Young People’s Mental Health: Eight Points for Action, MHF Policy Briefing, 2007; with John Vincent, Access to Books and Reading for Young People in Public Care, The Network, 2007; with Sally Bacon, Ten Banana More: An Anthology of Poems for Children, Simon & Schuster, 2004.
Mark Brown is Development Director of Social Spider, CIC. He was editor and creator of mental health magazine One in Four between 2007 and 2014. Mark is interested in the process of innovation and how we make things happen in mental health. He was included on ‘Nursing Times and HSJ Social Media Pioneers 2014’ and was on ‘Independent on Sunday’s Happy List 2014’. Mark is currently working on a number of projects, including ‘A Day in the Life’, funded by Public Health England, an innovative blogging project where people with mental health problems share what their day is like on four calendar days across the year.
He has had a longstanding relationship with Right Here as a social media facilitator, regular blogger and advisor.