Anna is a writer, journalist and Reader in Architecture at the University of East London. She is the author of Penguin published books Big Capital: Who is London for? (2017) and Ground Control: Fear and Happiness in the 21st Century City. She is a contributor to The Guardian, a regular conference speaker and appears on television and radio. Her father was a psychiatrist and psychotherapist and she has had many years of psychoanalysis herself.
The changes to how we live, work and even simply interact has impacted so many people's mental health, including my own. Lived experience of mental health issues coupled with supporting friends has changed me deeply. I have been a resident of Southwark for more than 15 years and giving back to my local community has always been important to me. Prior to joining Lambeth and Southwark Mind, I was a trustee for 6 years for Link Age Southwark. I currently work as a governance professional and am a graduate member of the Chartered Governance Institute.
I’ve lived in the local area for the past three decades. I’m proud to be a trustee of Lambeth and Southwark Mind and the vital role it plays in promoting good mental health in our communities - both through the work it does for individual and groups, and its advocacy of better policies on mental health particularly for diverse communities such as ours. I bring to the Board my experience as a Chief Executive of a number of small charities, as well as having been a trustee before. I’m a qualified counsellor, and I volunteer locally to provide low-cost counselling for people on restricted incomes. Having benefited from counselling myself, I know first-hand the help it can bring.
Rachel Jamilla Alleyne Kerr
I joined the Board in March 2021. I am a solicitor and spent most of my career with the Medical Protection Society, a medical defence organisation representing medical and dental professions. I retired from my role as Head of Legal Services in February 2021, and I now sit as a Lay Magistrate in South East London and as an Adjudicator on two tribunals. Many of the cases I dealt with during my career had a mental health aspect and I am also exposed to mental health problems in the Magistrates’ Court. Accordingly, I have a good understanding of mental health issues, which I hope will assist in driving forward LS&M’s Strategy Plan.
It is amazing to have the opportunity to be part of our local Mind, recognising the importance of positive mental health and wellbeing. I am the Director of Resources for an international children’s charity, having lived and worked in several countries across sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia for close to 20 years before returning to Lambeth. I work across HR, finance, governance, internal audit and IT, leading on the provision of support services across the organisation. I am interested in building stronger organisations to support the communities in which we work and listen to the communities' voices in how we can deliver what they want.
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We know many of us find talking about suicide difficult. We know every loss of life to suicide is a tragedy. But it is preventable. By talking to someone it could be the first step in making a world of difference. #WorldSuicidePreventionDay
We are looking for committed people to help us develop our high-quality mental health support services to local communities. For further information about these roles and how to apply, please visit our website at: https://www.lambethandsouthwarkmind.org.uk/get-involved/work-with-us/
Deadline for applications: 17 September.
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At half time today, the team from @LS_Mind were joined on the pitch by Ben, Jack, Danny and Dave to celebrate the #ShoutOut campaign that took place during lockdown earlier this year in collaboration with @HawksFCOfficial.