Mental Health Staff Champions

Our aim is to combat the stigma around mental health and make it part of normal conversation.

Mental Health Staff Champions are colleagues who take action in the workplace to change the way we all think and act about mental health.

Supported by Mind’s Mentally Healthy Universities pilot programme, we've undertaken mental health awareness training. We're working to combat stigma around mental health and make it part of normal conversation.

We aim to make a real difference to workplace culture and to the lives of our colleagues by:

  • Starting conversations about mental health
  • Holding activities to make mental health a normal topic of conversation
  • Helping to dispel myths and stereotypes
  • Providing peer support
  • Signposting colleagues appropriately to support

Find out more about us here and get in touch to talk about mental health and wellbeing.

 

Meet your Mental Health Champions

Adeola Akande Pierre-Noël - Centre Manager, US Centre

 

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We need to encourage people to appreciate that mental health is as important as physical health. When we remove the stigma and barriers to understanding, through raising awareness and helping people to recognise the signs of what good and poor mental health looks like, we can start to support people to cope and lead healthier lives. I hope in my role as a Mental Health Champion I can help people to get more comfortable with the uncomfortable.

Contact me: s.a.akande@lse.ac.uk


 

Terri Arnold - Deputy Head of Events, Communications Division

 

Terri Arnold

I am a Mental Health Champion because I want to encourage a positive change. I would like people to feel more confident in discussing wellbeing and mental health by making these issues more of an everyday topic both in and outside the workplace.

Contact me: T.Arnold2@lse.ac.uk


 

Erik Baurdoux - Associate Professor, Department of Statistics

 

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Talking openly about mental health can make a big difference in tackling stigma, as we often see when supporting our students. I am grateful to also have experienced these benefits myself in the past from many colleagues. Together with all Mental Health Staff Champions I am passionate to assist creating more openness around mental health which will hopefully benefit colleagues across the School.

Contact me: e.j.baurdoux@lse.ac.uk


 

Andrea Boyle - Executive Officer, Directorate

 

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I am a Champion because I know how priceless support can be to people, even in a small way. The connections we make and how we make them within our community define all of us. Being mentally fit is as important as being physically fit and the two should be intertwined. We have gyms for our bodies, but our mind is what holds us together. Helping people with messages, signposting aids and generally feeling that by contributing I can make a difference is why I signed up. Smiles, laughter and listening are the connectives I use every day.

Contact me: a.boyle@lse.ac.uk


 

Emma Ceccato - Marketing Manager, Department of Health Policy

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I believe that it’s important to nurture our mental health and wellbeing, just like we nurture our physical health. I’m passionate about ending mental health stigma and supporting others to find ways to maintain their mental wellbeing and provide a safe place to talk if they need it.

Contact me: e.ceccato1@lse.ac.uk

 

Farah Chowdhury - Marketing and Communications Officer, LSE Careers

Farah Chowdhury

I want to be part of the conversation - and change - for the way we think, speak about and understand wellbeing and mental health. I hope that together we can share diverse stories of wellbeing in our community and create a positive and supportive culture. I’m also a mental health first aider at LSE. Fun fact: I’m a trained henna artist and will (hopefully) be doing a floristry course soon too!

Contact me: f.chowdhury3@lse.ac.uk

 

Martha Clarke - Undergraduate Programmes Coordinator, Department of Geography and Environment

Martha Clarke

I became a Mental Health Champion because I wanted to share some of the coping mechanisms that have been shared with me. In doing so, I hope to start an open, honest and empathic conversation about mental health in the workplace.

Contact me: m.k.clarke@lse.ac.uk

 

Faith Corby - Events & Communications Officer, PhD Academy

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I’m a champion because I've suffered with mental health problems now and in the past and feel it's important to be able to have conversations around it.

Contact me: f.corby@lse.ac.uk

 

Sabrina D’Anjou - Fundraising, Philanthropy and Global Engagement

 

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• A champion because I am down to earth and extremely caring. My passion for well-being and understanding behaviour led me to study degrees in Psychology and to become a certified Mental Health First Aider with MHFA England as well as an LSE Mental Health Champion.

• Invaluable life experiences enable me to listen, empathise and sign post you. Please feel free to talk with me in complete confidence, about absolutely anything that may be troubling you.

• 2020 was a great leveller - everyone experienced challenges with their own mental health as we adjusted and faced our own personal ‘New Normal’s’. You are certainly not alone, both me and the other LSE Champions are here to aid you through your personal challenges.

• FUN FACT – I'm also a fully qualified chef – so if we meet face to face, I promise to bring home baked cakes. Cake heals everything!

Contact me: s.e.danjou@lse.ac.uk

 


 

Juli Ekwesh - Security Officer, LSE Estates

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Contact me: j.u.ekwesh@lse.ac.uk

 

 

Sebastiaan Eldritch-Böersen - Accessibility and User Experience Expert, DTS

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Mental Health Champions can take the pressure off time-strapped managers, by identifying areas of concern relating to your mental health. We take the initiative to improve your mental health and wellbeing, such as a walking group at lunch breaks or healthier onsite food options.

From the colleague perspective, Mental Health Champions can prove to be a valuable source of confidential support and encouragement, particularly for those who are disengaged with wellbeing initiatives or mistrustful of employer involvement. You may not want to seek support from direct management and appreciate a more peer-based approach to your wellbeing.

I advocate shifting from reactive to preventative healthcare, and our team of Mental Health Champions are here to support you.

If you, or anyone you know needs to communicate using British Sign Language, either offline via Teams or Zoom, or in person, then I am your man.

Contact me: s.r.eldritch-boersen@lse.ac.uk

Rosa Gil - Front of House Manager, Rosebery Hall, Residential Services

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Contact me: r.gil@lse.ac.uk

 

 

Muhammed Sabih Iqbal - PG Programme Manager, Department of Accounting

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I'm a wellbeing champion because I would like to start the conversation about mental health within LSE. I believe emotional and mental health is very important to our day-to-day life and creating awareness is a start. I can Speak Urdu and conversational Hindi.

Contact me: m.s.iqbal@lse.ac.uk

 

Leah Kenny - Research Officer, Centre for Women, Peace and Security 

 

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I am a Mental Health Champion because mental health isn’t something you leave at the door when you go to work and I believe the workplace can and should promote mental wellbeing. Alongside reducing the stigma around mental health, I want to promote discussions around it and provide practical support. I speak French and Italian.

Contact me: L.J.Kenny@lse.ac.uk


 

Stephanie Lambert - Undergraduate Tutor, Department of Management

 

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I am a Champion because I believe fostering an environment of openness around mental health can break down perceived social barriers to help and support (whether that is formal or just connecting with another human). Poor mental health can be so detrimental on so many personal and professional levels and working to improve and care for it can be really empowering. Fun fact: I have crowd surfed at two out of the three Elvana (an Elvis fronted Nirvana tribute band – and yes you should check them out) gigs that I have been to.

Contact me: S.Lambert@lse.ac.uk


 

Aba Maison - Project Manager, Business Improvement Unit

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I became a Mental Health Champion because I believe it’s so important to raise awareness around mental health and encourage a mentally healthy, supportive working environment. I am also a Mental Health First Aider.

Contact me: a.maison@lse.ac.uk

 

Jackie Martin - Executive MSc Programmes Administrator, Depatment of Health Policy

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Psychology and mental wellbeing are subjects that are close to my heart. I believe encouraging people to talk openly about how they feel is important and is why I became a Mental Health Champion. I am also a mental health first-aider, and an EDI (Equity, Diversity & Inclusion) representative.

Contact me: j.e.martin3@lse.ac.uk

 

Sarah Massey - Communications and Student Experience Officer, Department of Mathematics

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Good mental health and support is important for everyone at any time, so I became a Champion to help support colleagues around me, as well as the wider staff community at LSE. I’m already here to support students – why should I exclude my colleagues!

Contact me: s.l.massey@lse.ac.uk

Read my blog post on wellbeing and working from home.

 

Penny Montague - Research & Finance Manager, Department of Statistics

 

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Mental health makes such a difference to our lives, but we often take it for granted. I am a Mental Health Champion because I want to raise awareness of the things we can do to improve our wellbeing and to combat the stigma that still exists against those suffering from poor mental health. I am also a mental health first aider. 

Contact me: p.montague@lse.ac.uk


 

Annie-Rose Nicholas - Centre Manager, STICERD and CASE

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I became a mental health champion to help raise awareness and to encourage more open conversations about mental health. Mental health awareness is so important to reduce the negative stigma attached to mental health issues. I have a good understanding of Spanish (and would welcome any opportunity to practice!). I will also be undertaking training to become a mental health first aider soon.

Contact me: a.nicholas1@lse.ac.uk

 

Godwin Ogbeide - Security Officer, LSE Estates

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Contact me: g.i.ogbeide@lse.ac.uk

 

 

Andrea Pawley - Graduate Programmes Manager, Department of Philosophy

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I believe it's important to promote good mental health and help breaking the stigma around it. I would like to encourage colleagues to look after their mental health and speak up for themselves or others when they feel unwell. I'm a German speaker and a Mental Health First Aider.

Contact me: a.pawley@lse.ac.uk

 

Dave Poole - Communications and Events Officer, Data Science Institute

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Anyone can experience mental health problems. I became a champion to offer support to those around me and to create a positive and understanding culture that is aware of mental health and values its importance.

Contact me: d.poole1@lse.ac.uk

 

Maria do Prado - Course Administrator, Department of International Development

Maria do Prado

We need to care for each other the same way we care about our students and fostering an environment where we feel free to talk about our mental health without fear of being stigmatised is primordial. I want to champion this idea. My mother language is Portuguese, and I have an intermediate level of Spanish.

Contact me: m.a.do-prado@lse.ac.uk

 

Scarlet Prentice - Sustainability Engagement Officer, Estates Division

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I am a Mental Health Champion because I want my work to have a positive impact on the mental health of those it engages.

Contact me: s.prentice@lse.ac.uk

 

Judith Shapiro - Senior Lecturer in Practice, Department of Economics

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Contact me: j.c.shapiro@lse.ac.uk

 

 

David Trodden - Tutor & Academic mentor to first year UG students, Department of Accounting

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I'm a champion for my students and I wish to extend the same support to my colleagues. No magic wands, however I'm always willing to listen, maybe over a cup of tea. I’m also a Mental Health First Aider. Fun fact: I have four children and one grandson.

Contact me: d.trodden@lse.ac.uk