Dr Andrew Mayers

Mental health campaigns and community action

On this page, you will find details about current and historical mental health projects that I have helped promote, including centre openings, fundraising events, and community campaigns. If you would like me to get involved with your project, please contact me via e-mail or Twitter.

Current campaigns

Dorset Mind youth project

I am Patron (and Trustee) for Dorset Mind. Among many projects, we are current seeking funding to help establish young people's mental health services. You can discover more about that here. Young people are our future. We owe it to them to ensure better mental health.

Perinatal Mental health

Over the last few years, I have been part of several campaigns to urge better perinatal mental health services, support, and education. That has been undertaken through 3 routes: Perinatal Mental Health Partnership, Maternal Mental Health Alliance, and 1001 Critical Days. Much of that has involved visiting Parliament to make our case. You read more about that on perinatal mental health pages on this website. We are beginning to see some return on those efforts, with increased funding from the UK Government. However, there is a still a long way to go. We need perinatal mental health mother and baby units (and associated community services) within easy reach for very family in the UK. We need comprehensive mental health training for all health professionals involved in the perinatal period. We need high quality (benchmarked) peer-support services across the UK. There's much work still to do!

Parent-infant relationships

One of the key casualties as result of poor perinatal mental health is the relationship between mother and infant. We know that poor attachment is related to negative developmental outcomes, including emotional difficulties, conduct problems, social interaction, slower development, and poorer physical and mental health. To address that locally, I am part of a team that is seeking to start a new charity (DorPIP), which will provide therapeutic services to help rebuild those relationship difficulties. DorPIP will be part the UK-wide groups under the PIP(UK) umbrella.

Fathers' mental health

Notwithstanding all I have said about maternal mental health, we also need more support for dad. I work work with inspirational Mark Williams on several projects (not least International Fathers' Mental Health Day (the day after Father's Day). You read more about why I feel this is such an important topic by reading my blog. Good things are happening, but there's much more to do.

Mental health education in schools

All too often, young people are completely unprepared for emerging mental health problems. We know that most mental illnesses are likely to appear (for the first time) in late adolescence. Add yet, many young people have no idea about why they are feeling or behaving like they do. It makes sense that we should deliver mental health education in schools. We can teach about the typical conditions, and how to deal with them (and seek help). We can help young people to look out for their mates. We can help school staff support young people. I am working with partners to getting these programmes established local and nationally. Please let me know if you want to be part of that.