for better mental health

Why you should apply to be a trustee

Sarah Rae is one of our current trustees and has been involved with Mind since 2012. In an interview which featured in Mind's membership magazine, she explains why people should consider applying for this exciting opportunity. 

Find out more about how to apply and the process here.

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I passionately believe that people with experience of mental health problems should be actively involved with shaping Mind’s work. It means you can bring that unique experience with you. You can try and imagine what it’s like to have a mental health problem, but really only having that experience gives you that level of understanding.

I experienced severe and enduring mental health problems that interrupted my life significantly. I spent about eight months on an acute mental health ward. That highlighted to me important safety issues. I witnessed poor examples of patient care. It made me determined to do more and to improve the design and delivery of services.

I witnessed poor examples of patient care. It made me determined to do more and to improve the design and delivery of services.

I’ve been involved with Mind for eight years now, and it has been transformational for me in terms of my recovery. It’s given me that greater sense of purpose. When you go on that kind of journey and it's positive and uplifting, it makes you think differently about the world.

It’s given me that greater sense of purpose. When you go on that kind of journey and it's positive and uplifting, it makes you think differently about the world.

The point I want to make to members now is that it’s a hugely exciting time to get involved. We’re laying the foundation for our next strategic period. We’re working with lots of stakeholders, including people with lived experience across all age groups, to develop ambitious new goals, and it is important that our governance team comprises stakeholders of all ages too. Of course there is uncertainty and a lot of work to be done, but it will be a really interesting time to be involved.

We also want to have as wide a reach as possible, and that will only happen if we have a more diverse board. We’re very keen to receive applications from people from BAME backgrounds and people from Wales.

The first time I applied to be a Mind trustee I wasn't successful. But I never give up on things, so I applied again and was lucky the second time.

The first time I applied to be a Mind trustee I wasn't successful. But I never give up on things, so I applied again and was lucky the second time.

If you apply now and you're not successful, don't get disheartened and don't let it put you off trying again. You should always keep trying, because you never know which door is about to open in life. 

Applications are now open and will close on Monday 17 August. Applicants who meet the minimum requirements will be put forward for a membership ballot in the autumn. Those who are unsuccessful at ballot will also be considered for co-option to the Board (this is where trustees are selected by the Board itself, on the basis of skills and diversity gaps). For more infomation, take a look at the vacancy or get in touch with Peter Clapp at [email protected] 

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