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About SANE

Valued Supporters

We are fortunate to have a distinguished group of high profile ambassadors and champions. They lend their time and energy to publicise our services, back our campaigns and fundraise for our continued growth and success.


Rachel Kelly

SANE Ambassador Rachel KellyRachel Kelly is a former Times journalist who is now a mental health campaigner, public speaker, and writer. She has worked closely with SANE to campaign about mental illness and the stigma associated with it since 2013.

In 2014, she published Black Rainbow, a poignant first-person account describing how poetry helped her overcome depression. The author royalties from this book were donated to SANE and United Response.

Rachel has also written about how a holistic approach has helped her recover from depression. Her second book on mental illness Walking on Sunshine: 52 Small Steps to Happiness is an international bestseller, and her most recent book, The Happy Kitchen: Good Mood Food, features an incredible collection of recipes designed to promote good mental health.

Rachel says: "I'm so proud to work alongside SANE, which helps those with nowhere to turn to when they are desperate. Its helpline means there's a voice at the end of the line which can literally be the difference between life and death. If there is less stigma now than when I first was diagnosed with depression nearly 20 years ago, it's largely thanks to the pioneering work of SANE's founder, Marjorie Wallace."


Ruby Wax

 

SANE Ambassador Ruby WaxTalented writer and performer Ruby Wax has run a series of hugely popular mental health forums in collaboration with SANE. This involved working with expert speakers from the mental health world including Dr Mark Collins from The Priory and the former director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, Professor Mark Williams, along with SANE’s CEO, Marjorie Wallace.

Her book A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled provides mindfulness advice for couples, families and teenagers in a funny and accessible way. She is also the brains behind Frazzled Cafes, meeting places for people to share stories and give one another emotional support.

Ruby says: “People shouldn't be ashamed of it… It used to be the C word - cancer - that people wouldn't discuss. Now it's the M word. I hope pretty soon it'll be OK for everyone to talk openly about their mental health without fear of being treated differently."

 


James Arthur

SANE Ambassador James ArthurJames Arthur was catapulted into the limelight after winning The X Factor in 2012. While he has achieved phenomenal success in his career, with his singles Impossible and Say You Won’t Let Go topping the charts, James also wants to share his battles with mental illness. As someone who lives with anxiety and depression, he understands how important it is to encourage anyone affected by mental ill-health to seek the help they deserve.

James says: “I could not be happier for the opportunity to work alongside SANE. Unfortunately, mental illness remains a taboo subject and having suffered with severe anxiety and depression myself, I desperately want to encourage people to see the immense power in speaking about whatever may be going on in their heads.”


Tuppence Middleton

SANE Ambassador Tuppence MiddletonActress Tuppence Middleton has a personal interest in mental health, and has worked with SANE as an ambassador since 2015.

In early 2016, Tuppence visited her former school in Bristol to speak to current students about the stigma attached to mental illness, collaborating with members of SANE’s Black Dog Campaign to run a workshop for psychology students.

Tuppence also took part in SANE’s #Glitch campaign, and is an active supporter of the charity on social media.


Melissa James

Melissa James is a singer-songwriter who uses music to talk about mental health openly. In 2016, she released a charity single for SANE called Live Again. The song, which aims to tackle stigma, was recorded at RAK Studios, and involved both professional musicians and members of the public.

Melissa continues to work on her SING4SANE project and is an inspiration to anyone affected by mental illness.

Melissa says: "I have been suffering with depression and anxiety for years, but I didn’t know it. I didn’t think about it. I had this image of what it looks like, and it didn’t look like me so I didn’t see it in myself. I want to say, it’s OK to not be OK. It’s OK to not wear a smile all the time. We need to be able to feel like we can go to someone and say 'no, I don’t feel good today.'"

You can purchase Melissa's charity single Live Again here.


Mason Noise

Singer Mason Noise joined SANE to get more people talking openly about mental health and wellbeing, after struggling with depression and anxiety since the age of 17. Since coming seventh in the 2015 series of The X Factor, Mason has gone on to independently produce music inspired by his journey to date.

Mason has supported SANE’s Black Dog Campaign, visiting schools to encourage young people to support one another.

Mason says: “SANE are a charity that are very close to my heart. I want to encourage people to see the power in seeking an ear to talk to about what’s happening in their mind.”


Venetia Falconer

TV presenter Venetia Falconer puts her passion for nutrition and wellbeing into her work with SANE. Venetia is a former MTV presenter and now presents the weekly series Lego Heads as well as her successful Talking Tastebuds podcast, which discusses the impact of nutrition on overall health.

Venetia uses her spare time to talk about mental health on her YouTube channel, which includes insights into her own anxiety and practical tips to cope day to day.


Ashleigh Nelson

Ashleigh Nelson is a Team GB sprinter and double Olympian. Her career highlights include medals at the World Athletics Championships, European Championships and the Commonwealth Games. Ashleigh supports the charity’s social media campaigning to change the discussion of mental health.

She says: “The reason I support SANE is because it makes me feel OK to not always feel OK. The charity shares the experiences and feelings of its other supporters, keeping mental health and its issues relatable and authentic.”


Maddie Bruce

SANE Ambassador Maddie BruceWith more than 140,000 followers on YouTube, vlogger Maddie Bruce uses her channel to talk about coping with mental illness, and her own struggles with self-harm and anxiety. In 2016, Maddie designed a range of products for Coconut Lane, donating all proceeds to SANE.

Marjorie Wallace, CEO of SANE, says: “By choosing to support SANE, Maddie is shining a light on the stigma and shame that young people tackling mental illness face. Her vlogs are an inspiration to many, particularly those seeking the support and understanding that an online community can sometimes provide. We are deeply grateful for Maddie’s generosity and look forward to working with her in the future.”


Robin Windsor

Professional Latin and ballroom dancer Robin Windsor waltzed into SANE's office to talk about dance and its positive effects on mental health. Robin believes expression is important to maintain a sense of identity, and he has helped with SANE's social media campaigns.

Robin continues to lead a successful career in dance, having appeared on our screens in BBC's Strictly Come Dancing as a professional dancer. He has also performed in Broadway and West End productions, and has toured the UK in shows such as Putting on the Ritz and Keep Dancing.


Lynn, Charlotte and Samantha Crilly

Lynn Crilly is a counsellor, master practitioner of neuro-lingustic programming and self-help author. She is also the mother of Charlotte and Samantha. She studied counselling while Samantha was ill and, ten years later, has become a successful counsellor with three books to her name. Lynn works with SANE and helps promote mental wellbeing through her work and on social media. 

Vloggers Charlotte and Samantha dedicate their YouTube channel to discussing mental health. They started vlogging in 2017 and help their followers turn to SANE when they are in need of emotional support. Samantha suffered with anorexia and OCD at the age of 13, and has since battled hard to turn things around. Charlotte was her twin sister's carer, along with their mother, and they now all fight to expose the hardships and acceptance of mental health in every day life.


David Domoney

David Domoney is a TV gardener and presenter on ITV's Love Your Garden, and writes his own weekly column in the Sunday Mirror. He has attained 29 Royal Horticultural Society medals, and his beautiful garden designs have been showcased at Hampton Court Palace and BBC Gardener's World Live.

David infuses his horticulture passion with SANE by advocating the strong link with nature and good mental health. His gardening campaign, Cultivation Street, brings the streets of Britain together to grow and develop community gardens; he wants to explore this very sense of community and the benefits of being outdoors in his work with SANE.


Stan Collymore

 

Former England footballer and award-winning sports broadcaster Stan Collymore has joined forces with SANE to eradicate the stigma of mental health.

During his career, Stan played for Liverpool, Aston Villa, Leicester and Nottingham Forest. He now talks all things football and sport as a TV presenter, and also discusses mental health. He has a particular interest in raising this awareness in the sports world, as he knows how hard it can be to speak out and be honest while maintaining a strong sports persona.


Josh 'JP' Patterson

 

SANE Ambassador Josh PattersonMade In Chelsea star Josh Patterson is keen to break the silence surrounding depression in young men. He has spoken candidly about his own experiences of suicidal feelings, and hopes that this will encourage others to seek support. 

Josh was a prominent supporter of our #Glitch campaign, helping to spread the message through video on social media.