Dr Andrew Mayers
Dr Andrew Mayers is principal academic at Bournemouth University, where he specialises in child and family mental health (especially perinatal mental illness, such as postnatal depression). He holds an honorary appointment with Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation NHS Trust (DHUFT; the local mental health service provider).
Professionally, Dr Mayers works with DHUFT, Dorset Police, and the Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner on the mental health street triage (providing more appropriate alternatives to using police cells to detain people experiencing mental health crises). He provides mental health education for health professionals (such as midwives and health visitors) and helps train police officers.
Dr Mayers is also an active mental health campaigner, pressing for better services and tackling stigma and discrimination. He is frequently invited to Parliament as part of those campaigns. He also serves on several local and national advisory groups for maternal mental illness.
Other positions held by Dr Mayers…
In addition to acting as Patron of Dorset Mind, Dr Mayers is Chair of Trustees for Acts Fast, a Bournemouth-based child sexual abuse charity. He is also Patron for the Samaritans of Bournemouth and District. You can read more about Dr Mayers’ work on his website www.andrewmayers.info or follow him on Twitter @DrAndyMayers.