Alastair Campbell is a writer, communicator and strategist best known for his role as Tony Blair’s Director of Communications.
He has written and talked extensively about his experience of depression, creating a BBC documentary entitled Cracking Up that dealt with his breakdown. His books and both deal with mental health issues. A relentless campaigner against mental health stigma, particularly for , Alastair won the 2009 Mind Champion of the Year award in a public vote.
Stuart Semple is one of Britain’s leading contemporary artists, who has exhibited all over the world.
After a traumatic near death experience following a sudden allergic reaction in his teens, Stuart was left with a severe anxiety and eating disorder. His experience of the therapeutic power of creating art led Stuart to start up a new fund that will allow local Minds to provide creative therapies. He launched this with a huge art exhibition and fundraiser entitled Mindful, that featured work by artists including The Chapman Brothers, Tracey Emin and Sebastian Horsely.
Frankie Bridge is a member of girl band, The Saturdays.
Frankie has chosen to support Mind after opening up about her experiences of anxiety, depression and panic attacks in May 2012. Having initially dealt with these issues in silence, Frankie is keen to support us in making sure no one has to face a mental health problem alone.
Denise Welch is a British actress and presenter.
She first experienced post-natal depression, following the birth of her eldest son, then battled episodes of severe depression over 24 years. She now talks very openly about her process of recovery, the significant role loved ones play in helping her to stay well, and the urgent need to stamp out the stigma that continues to surround mental health problems.
Nicholas Pinnock is a film, television and theatre actor.
Nicholas first experienced depression when he was younger but always put it down to teenage moods. It wasn’t until he faced a mental health crisis several years ago that he finally sought treatment in the form of psychotherapy. Nicholas realised that the more he opened up about his mental health, the more it transpired that so many other people were going through the same thing. By becoming an ambassador for Mind, Nicholas is hoping to spread the message even further that it’s ok to talk about mental health.
Anna Williamson is a TV presenter. Anna is regularly on our screens on Daybreak, This Morning and Nickelodeon.
She experienced anxiety and panic attacks for many years and, having been through the daunting process of seeking help herself, hopes to encourage others to do the same.
Clarke Carlisle is a co-commentator for ITV Football.
Clarke is a former footballer and former chairman of the PFA (Professional Footballers Association). He was diagnosed with depression when he was playing professional football and, by becoming a Mind ambassador, hopes to spread the message that there needs to be the understanding, freedom and awareness to address mental health in the same way as physical health.
Beverley Callard is an actress and has played the role of Liz McDonald in Coronation Street for over 20 years.
Beverley has been a great support to Mind over the last couple of years, by getting heavily involved with Time to Change’s Time to Talk Day in 2014 and 2015, and speaking out in the media to raise awareness of mental health. It’s a subject that’s close to Beverley’s heart as she’s lived with depression for many years.
Ruby Wax is a comedian, actress, writer and presenter best known for her BBC series Ruby Wax Meets.
She has been vocal about her history of depression, creating an autobiographical stage show, , about her experiences. After touring the show for free to mental health hospitals, Losing It played to sold-out audiences in London while her forums, open sessions where people could talk with Ruby and other experts about their mental health, proved to be a huge hit.
Zoella is a vlogger and Youtube sensation.
Zoella, real name Zoe Sugg, is Mind’s first Digital Ambassador. She regularly vlogs about fashion, beauty and her everyday life, but last year that all changed when she opened up to her 8 million followers about her mental health. Zoe first experienced panic attacks and anxiety when she was 14-years-old and since then she’s become all too aware of how isolating it can be to have a mental health problem. She feels passionately about speaking out and hopes that by doing so, she’s helping others to feel less alone.
Matt Johnson is a TV presenter, known for his work with both BBC and ITV.
Matt experienced depression after a serious accident in 2007, when he was in his 20s. He wants to share his experiences to help others in the same situation. Since becoming an ambassador in 2014, he has spoken openly about his journey, as well as raised vital funds for Mind by taking part in a celebrity charity bike ride across South-East Asia and participating in the Mind 3000s, in which he was Welsh team captain, which involved trekking through the night in perilous conditions.