Ambassadors

Poorna Bell

Ambassador

Poorna Bell is an award-winning journalist and author of 15 years, former Executive Editor and Global Lifestyle Head for HuffPost. She won Stylist’s Rising Star award for 2019, was named Corq’s 2019 influencers to watch, Happiful’s mental health ‘ones to watch’ for 2019 and was named as one of Balance magazine’s top 100 Wellness personalities. A judge for the Mind Media Awards, currently she writes for Red, Stylist, I News, BBC, Guardian, Grazia and TimeOut. She is also a published author with Simon & Schuster, and her second book In Search of Silence is out in May 2019. She is an experienced public speaker, and has spoken at the first UK mental health summit in 2019 and for the NHS.

“I’m supporting Mental Health Mates because when I was going through a tough time mentally, I know the two things that helped were talking to people who understood, and getting myself outside, whether that was for a walk or a run. Both are extremely hard to do when you’re in a bad mental space, so the fact that there is a network that helps be the arm around the shoulder to help you do that, is fantastic.”

Anna Mathur

Ambassador and Psychological Educator

Anna Mathur is a Psychotherapist and mother of three. She has worked in a variety of contexts, from GP surgeries, to her home practice, where clients sit on her big blue sofa. Anna ventured onto Social Media two years ago, and now runs regular Mental Health Q&A sessions on Instagram, offering advice and tips to around 1,000 people per session,

Anna is a passionate speaker and writer, bringing both her personal experience with mental health challenges, and her extensive professional experience together in a way that equips and empowers others. She has written two popular courses, helping people address people anxiety and pleasing tendencies.

Anna juggles life in Surrey with her two young boys and new baby girl. She is proud to be a Mental Health Mates ambassador as she believes that encouraging openness and community are two vital keys to addressing mental health issues in our culture.

Melissa Hemsley

Ambassador

Melissa Hemsley is a cook, writer and champion of sustainable, nourishing food.

Growing-up on an army base, with an energetic Filipino mother, Melissa was taught about cooking from scratch; about not going to the shops until every ingredient in the fridge had been used-up; and about the importance of cooking and sharing food within a community. Melissa’s professional food career began as a private chef with her sister, Jasmine. After several successful years cooking wholesome, nourishing meals for international actors and musicians like Take That, Hemsley + Hemsley published two bestselling cookery books and opened a café in Selfridges. A primetime cookery show followed (subsequently sold in 20 countries worldwide), as well as countless appearances on Sunday Brunch, Saturday Kitchen and This Morning, and at food festivals all over the UK – and internationally.

In January 2018, Melissa’s first solo book, ‘Eat Happy’ was published to great critical acclaim – a celebration of fuss-free, feel-good food and packed with simple yet nutritious recipes, all made in under-30 minutes.

Melissa’s focus is now, more than ever, on sustainability. She is passionate about the importance of creating extraordinary food that is sourced from suppliers that care – both about the environment and the community; about the ground from which their food is derived, and the people to which it is served.

Melissa is a proud supporter and ambassador for Mental Health Mates, Fairtrade Foundation, CookforSyria, Headtalks, Future Dreams and The Prince’s Trust, and is a judge of the YBFs (Young British Foodies)

She truly believes that sharing stories and talking about our mental wellbeing is just as important as the food we eat. Melissa has hosted two series of the `Live Life Better’ podcast where she interviews experts all over the world on their professional advice and personal insights and tips for living a nourishing and fulfilled life.

She cooks, writes and tends her vegetable garden in Leytonstone, where she lives with her boyfriend Henry and their dog Nelly – as well as a steady stream of hungry diners, happily squeezed around her kitchen table.

Sean Fletcher

Ambassador

Sean Fletcher is a journalist and broadcaster for the BBC and ITV. He recently made a Panorama programme investigating our cash strapped Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services based on his experiences with his son who has OCD. Sean also presents on the bbc’s Countryfile, Sunday Morning Live, Songs of Praise and Inside Out, as well as ITV’s breakfast show, Good Morning Britain. He’s thrilled to be able to represent Mental Health Mates and play a part in normalising discussions about mental illness.

Jada Sezer

Ambassador

I am Jada Sezer, British model and mental health advocate.

Whilst studying my Masters in Child Psychotherapy, I noticed the powerful affect the media had on young people’s mental health.

I took to social media + started writing about mental wellbeing, which included editorial style images of myself to boost the confidence of girls who felt unrepresented. Soon after I was signed to London’s leading modelling agency Models1.

L’oreal Paris featured me on their #AllWorthIt + #TrueMatch beauty campaign billboard’s where I actively encouraged turning self doubt into self worth + represented diversity as a nonconventional cat walk model.

Women’s Health included me in their first ever Strong Minds issue + empowering annual NAKED issue.

I’m also a proud ambassador for Young Minds Charity, working to generate awareness and support for helping young people affected by mental illness. I am committed to protecting the mental health of young people + promoting fearless self confidence.