Steve Gilbert - Trustee and Stretegic Delivery Committee Member
Steve has extensive personal experiences of mental illness, including periods of depression, suicide attempts, and hospitalisation. He has a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder and Complex PTSD- the result of psychological abuse in my early years through to adulthood.
Steve co-produced an Engagement Model as part of a Time To Change programme that aimed to improve outcomes for young African Caribbean men with mental health problems who come into contact with statutory mental health services and the police.
Steve is the regional Service User Representative for the Royal College of Psychiatry and member of the West Midlands Executive Committee. He sat on Mind’s Peer Support Advisory Panel, advising on the direction of Mind’s ‘Side by Side’ Programme.
In November 2015, Steve was appointed to the West Midlands Combined Authority Mental Health Commission as a Serious Mental Illness – Living Experience Consultant to ensure that the interests of people affected by poor mental health were kept at the heart of the work. He led the key line of enquiry for people who enter the criminal justice system, and those with complex and multiple needs. Steve contributed to the final report and action plan, Thrive West Midlands.
As part of the Thrive WM implementation plan, Steve is programme lead for a Through-The-Gate psychological intervention, for prisoner leavers with common mental health problems at HMP Featherstone in Wolverhampton; this is based on the Engager Intervention model.
Steve is an Associate Trainer with ‘Connecting with People’, an organisation which delivers suicide mitigation training for a range of sectors, including healthcare, social care, statutory bodies and communities. Steve’s personal experience, coupled with his professional skillset, make him an effective trainer, increasing empathy, reducing stigma and enhancing participants’ ability to compassionately respond to someone who has suicidal thoughts.
Steve’s media work includes speaking at events and filming for Rethink Mental Illness, Public Health England, Big Lottery Fund, Mind and Time to Change.
Steve was awarded the 2015 ‘Janey Antoniou Award’, from Rethink Mental Illness, in recognition of his work to raise awareness of mental illness, and to improve how people with mental illness are treated. In 2016 Steve was a finalist for the ‘Royal College of Psychiatry Service User of Year’ award.
Steve was recently elected as a Trustee for Mind (National).
Steve has also recently been appointed as a Vice Chair for the Independent Mental Health Act Review being led by Sir Simon Wesley.