We are fortunate to have a distinguished group of high profile supporters. Over the years they have lent their time and energy to publicising our services, backing our campaigns and fundraising for our continued growth and success.
In March 2011 we were delighted to welcome American Comedienne Ruby Wax as a patron of SANE. Having been affected by episodes of depression for most of her life, Ruby has written about her experience, and used the topic for her one woman shows to help combat the stigma surrounding mental illness.
“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 okay for everyone to talk openly about their mental health without fear of being treated differently."
“Whenever another tragedy involving mental illness hits the headlines, I know that SANE will be there, putting it into context and raising people’s awareness of the issues involved.
“SANE offers hope that mental illness will find a way out of the darkness and neglect from which it has suffered.”
Rory Bremner presented a Radio 4 Appeal on SANE’s behalf and named us as his favourite charity in the Christmas edition of The Oldie, 2010.
“I am supporting SANE because I think I am guilty of not taking mental health seriously. It is one of the most frightening and difficult conditions that people affected in any way can face in their lives.
"We need to know and understand more about this most debilitating of all conditions, which in some way touches every person in society.”
“I have always admired SANE’s independent stance and support the charity’s ongoing battle to ensure better rights and care for people with mental health problems.”
“I know how much help SANE gives to those who become lost in the uncharted territory of mental illness. It is important in difficult times that people feel they are not alone.”
Trevor Phillips OBE chairs the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and is a former television executive and presenter. He became head of the Commission for Racial Equality in 2003, and on its abolition in 2006 was appointed chair of its successor, the EHRC. The EHRC has the remit of combating discrimination, and promoting equality; it also has the role of promoting and defending human rights.
To find out more about why mental health is important to SANE's celebrity supporters download this PDF.