Ali Hogger-Gadsby Director of Keeping Health in Mind
I'm Ali, and I'm the co founder and director of Keeping Health in Mind. I was a mental health nurse and behavioural therapist in a previous life, and have also experienced mental health problems in those close to me. KHIM began to encourage and equip churches to start conversations about mental health, and to be good promoters and protectors of mental health and emotional wellbeing. I long for our churches to be places where mental health is talked about as part of our everyday shared lives, and where people who are searching for God in the midst of their illness can find a place to have their questions answered, and to be reconciled to God, to themselves, and to those around them.
Clive Hogger Trustee
I’m the vicar of a city centre church in the Midlands. I was treated for mental health problems as a young adult and I then went on to train and work as a mental health nurse before moving in to Christian ministry. I long for a time when mental health problems are not stigmatised anywhere, especially in church.
Heather Reid Trustee
I am an Occupational Therapist and Mental health conditions have been a fact of life for myself and my family, at all ages, stages of our lives. It is a strength. I value the unique contribution people with mental health conditions bring and would like to see the church and society redesign itself, to be truly accessible. Free to be ourselves and to free to worship.
Elke Every Treasurer
I have had many years experience of caring for family members with depression, and have suffered depression myself. I am frequently shocked by the misunderstanding surrounding mental health issues, and the lack of support for sufferers and their families. KHIM offers the sort of practical help, teaching and support that really makes a difference to people's lives.
Professor Simon Brake Chair of Trustees
I have worked in a variety of general and senior management roles across health and social care, within hospitals, commissioning, and central government policy. I'm also a churchwarden and am chair of Coventry CAB. I am passionate about championing the cause of anyone who is treated unfairly, and people with mental health problems are often hugely disadvantaged.