Mental Health Collective to chair topic group for the Mental Health Act Review

Founder and Director of the Mental Health Collective, Dr Amy Pollard, has been asked to chair the Dignity and Safety Group for the Mental Health Act Review.

Dr Pollard said:

“The independent review of the Mental Health Act, commissioned by the Prime Minister, is a once-in-a generation opportunity to shape legislation and practice which holds the ultimate power over people facing a mental health crisis.

It is an honour to have been asked by Prof. Sir Simon Wessely to chair the Dignity and Safety topic group – drilling down on the Mental Health Act and the structures around it can be reshaped to address the appalling sense of dehumanisation, indignity and disrespect that a high proportion of people under section experience.

The group’s work comes at a particularly poignant time for me – exactly two years after I was sectioned myself.

The topic group brings together eminent representatives who have lived experience of the Act themselves, the BAME community, CQC, NHSI,  mental health trusts, academia, psychiatry, charities and community services, alongside a secretariat from the Department of Health and Social Care.  Together, we are determined that the Mental Health Act Review seizes every possible opportunity to bring greater dignity, safety and humanity into the lives of people in mental health crisis.”

Facilitating strategy with Hertfordshire Mind

It’s been a great pleasure to work with Hertfordshire Mind over the last few months, supporting them in a facilitated process to develop their organisational strategy.

In a partnership between Mental Health Collective and the Innovation Unit, Nick Webb (@drnwebb) and I delivered a series of three workshops – first with staff members, then with the board of trustees, and finally bringing all stakeholders together.  Through this process we supported the development of an organisational strategy rooted in the expertise of the whole team and energised by their collective vision.

It’s been fascinating and humbling to see the hidden treasures emerge through this process.  We heard the passion and commitment that Herts Mind staff bring to their work; the innovative thinking at board level; and saw the power of this collective team to address problems and carve out a new direction for the future.

More than ever, it reinforced my conviction that when people with diverse forms of expertise are able to meaningfully connect with one another, there is no end to the surprising ways that challenges can be unlocked.


I was delighted to feature on Ditch the Small Talk, a podcast hosted by the marvellous Denean Rowe, discussing the Mental Health Collective, Self-Defence Through Humour and, of course, the importance of dauphinoise potatoes.

Fellows of the Mental Health Collective

This New Years Day, we are delighted to recognise the following people as Fellows of the Mental Health Collective:

Claire Barcham FMHC
Andy Bell FMHC
Mark Brown FMHC

Dave Chawner FMHC
Samantha Child FMHC
Paul Crawford FMHC
Anthony Deery FMHC
Anselm Eldergill FMHC
Alex Evans FMHC
Kim Forrester FMHC
Steve Gilbert FMHC
Richard Grange FMHC
Raf Hamaizia FMHC
Sarah Hughes FMHC
Seth Hunter FMHC
Kate King FMHC
Hannah Lewis FMHC
Karen Linde FMHC
Millie Macdonald FMHC
Chris Naylor FMHC
Chris O’Sullivan FMHC
Russell Razzaque FMHC
Vicky Romback FMHC
Cal Strode FMHC
Tutiette Thomas FMHC
Nick Webb FMHC

Simon Wessely FMHC