Reference Groups

Mental Health Reference Groups

The initial Mental Health Reference Group (2010 – 2012) comprised:

Bishop Richard Moth
Lead Bishop and Chair
Elizabeth Davies
Marriage and Family Life Project Officer of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference
Maggie Doherty
Catholic Communications Network, Senior Media Officer/Press Secretary to Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor,Day For Life Funds
Paul Farmer
Chief Executive of the mental health charity Mind
Julia Head
Specialist Chaplain/Joint Team Leader, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Baroness Sheila Hollins
President British Medical Association, Professor of Psychiatry of Learning Disability, St George’s University of London and immediate past President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists
Helen O’Brien
Chief Executive of Caritas
Gail Sainsbury
Mental Health Project Officer

From October 2012 – 2014 the Mental Health Reference Group comprised:

Bishop Richard Moth
Lead Mental Health Bishop and Chair
Ben Bano
National Trainer and facilitator. ‘Welcome me as I am’
Joanne Bird
MH nurse, University lecturer and Parish Group leader and Diocese Representative (Birmingham)
Michael Crilly
Merseycare Head of Spiritual and Pastoral Care and lead for North West MH Forum
Elizabeth Davies
Marriage and Family Life Project Officer of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference
Maggie Doherty
Catholic Communications Network, Senior Media Officer/Press Secretary to Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor,Day For Life Funds
Val Evans
Parish Group leader and retired psychiatrist (South Wales)
Paul Farmer
Chief Executive of the national mental health charity Mind
Michael Fleming
MH Chaplain and Diocese Representative (Northampton)
Patrick Gillespie
MH nurse, Rehabilitation Hospital Director and Diocese Representative (Southwark)
Julia Head
Specialist Chaplain, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Margaret McGettrick
National Mental Health and Spirituality Forum Trustee, MH Chaplain and Parish Group leader
Mary Simmons
Service Manager, Catholic Care Leeds and Diocese Representative
Gail Sainsbury
Mental Health Project Officer

In December 2014 the mental health project joined the Bishops’ Health and Social Care Advisory Group

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