The world is decades behind on mental health. By 2030, the £200 million mental health programme is determined to transform how we understand, fund, prevent and treat anxiety and depression in young people. Our vision is of a world in which no one is held back by mental health problems.
This commitment is in addition to our existing funding for wide-ranging mental health research, which investigates many other conditions across all ages.
Professor Miranda Wolpert MBE
Director, Mental Health
Senior Communications Manager
Dr Kate Martin
Lived Experience and Public Engagement Lead
Policy and Advocacy Advisor
PA to Miranda Wolpert
Dr Inês Pote
Dr Cat Sebastian
Policy and Advocacy Lead
Databank Lead and Wellcome Head of Experience Design
The board meets regularly to provide global expert advice on the mental health programme strategy.
Professor of Clinical Psychology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
"I applied for the strategic advisory board because the field urgently needs innovative strategies in research and practice, and I firmly believe that Wellcome's mental health programme offers a unique opportunity to realise that. It will be an honour to contribute."
Head Of Getting Moonshots Ready For Contact With The Real World, Google X, USA
"Problems of the scale of youth mental health can only be solved by scientists, clinicians, funders, technologists, policy makers and those with lived experience working together. I am excited by Wellcome's ambitious goals and look forward to working with a diverse group of colleagues to make a real impact on youth mental health."
Youth leader and Mental Health Advocate, Rwanda
"I applied to join the board because of the incredible work they have been doing, as they are just as or even more passionate about young people and the future as I am. I am excited to see what can be done togetherness!"
Professor of Neuroscience and Director, Sainsbury Wellcome Centre, UK
"I am excited to work with the board to seek creative and paradigm-shifting ways to develop mental health strategies, in part by establishing new forms of research culture and collaboration to tackle these global challenges."
Professor of Biological Psychiatry, Kings College London, UK
"My research and clinical interests are multidisciplinary, ranging from brain biology to psychological and social mechanisms. I wanted to bring my breadth of expertise to this effort to understand and tackle youth mental health problems."
Research and Innovation Manager, National Institute of Mental Health, USA
"I am particularly excited by the ambitious and bold steps the Wellcome Trust is taking to address the search for effective ways to address anxiety and depression in young people on a global scale. I look forward to collaborating with the rest of the board members and providing input on this much needed and timely effort."
Independent Digital Health Consultant, UK
"While medical research and technology has made great strides in cancer, rare diseases and many chronic illnesses, mental health is often left behind. I hope to use the experience I've gained at the intersection of digital health, patient advocacy, and business strategy, to help level the playing field."
Experts providing advice on our work as and when required.
Global Mental Health Advocate and Social Impact Entrepreneur, South Africa
Editor-in-Chief, Springer Nature, UK
Senior Fellow in Mental Health Policy, University of Birmingham, UK
User Voice and Participation Manager, Surrey County Council, UK
Principle Lecturer and Joint Clinical Director, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
CEO, Alpha Health, UK
CEO, National Survivor User Network, UK
Director of Mental Health, Public Health England and Independent Adviser, UK
Vice President of Strategy and Initiatives, Graham Boeckh Foundation and Executive Director, International Alliance of Mental Health Research Funders, Canada
Professor of Biological Psychology, University of Bristol, UK
Senior Lecturer and Psychiatric Epidemiologist, Makerere University College of Health Sciences, Uganda
Founder and ex-CEO of Campaign Against Living Miserably, UK
Founder and Advisor, Into The Light, Indonesia
Professor of Psychopharmacology, University of Bristol, UK
Neuroscientist, University of British Columbia and University of Washington, USA
Professor of Global Public Health, University of Bath, UK
Independent Expert/Volunteer, India
Founder and Director, Taraki, UK
Director of the Division of Digital Psychiatry, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, USA