Dr Andrew Mayers


Key roles

Principal Academic, Bournemouth University

Fellow, RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce)

Governor, Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust

Patron, Dorset Mind

Patron, Samaritans of Bournemouth & District

Chair, Acts Fast

I am an academic psychologist specialising in mental health, particularly perinatal mental illness and young people's mental health. I actively campaign for raising better awareness for mental health, and challenge stigma and discrimination. I serve on several local and national advisory groups for maternal mental illness. I am a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) as a reflection of my work with mental health. I act as Patron for the Samaritans of Bournemouth & District and Patron for Dorset Mind (for whom I am also a trustee). I am Chair of Trustees for ActsFast, a charity based in Dorset. that supports the non-abusive family (and victims) of children who have been sensually  abused.

I am a Governor for Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust (the mental health and community health NHS trust for Dorset). I also work with Dorset Healthcare and Dorset Police (in association with the Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner) on the mental health street triage. I have been appointed as Executive Producer for the Mordue Pictures feature film A Quiet Storm, and I am acting as advisor on their animated mental health documentary Mad World.

Across the pages of this website, you will discover more about my mental health campaigns, including raising awareness about perinatal mental health (including fathers' mental health). Much of my work has been received publicity through television, radio and other media (see link on the left of this page). I run maternal mental health training courses for health professionals (mostly midwives and health visitors). I am keen to hear from anyone who would like to work with me on any of these projects.

I am employed as a Principal Academic at Bournemouth University, where I teach clinical psychology and mental health. My research focuses on child and family mental health, perinatal mental health, and behavioural, emotional and social difficulties in children and young people.

On this site, you can find details of my current and planned research, an overview of my teaching duties, and links to my published book on SPSS and statistics. I would welcome opportunities to collaborate on research programmes with other academics and health groups .