ABOUT US

Working in partnership with international agencies and experts in the field, we exist to support and unite the global effort to promote mental health. We are all passionate about catalysing greater action on mental health and many of us have first-hand experience of living with a condition ourselves.

Our Story

“In 2013, I was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and chronic depression which pushed me to the edge. I could afford the treatment I needed and, with the right support, I recovered. The experience propelled me into discovering incredible initiatives around the world aimed at prevention, promotion and providing treatment and recovery solutions for those of us struggling with our mental health.

However, I also discovered that in many cases the services were sporadic, poorly funded and insufficient to meet the enormous global demand for mental health care. The global mental health crisis has reached epidemic proportions, yet funding for mental health care is flat-lining. Not only is greater action needed, but the world needs to recognise the potential that gets unlocked when we invest in people’s mental health. For individuals. Businesses. Communities. Society as a whole. 

In 2016, I was appointed Campaign Director for Heads Together, a mental health campaign spearheaded by Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. I started to realise the need for much greater action globally and worked to bring together campaigners, strategic partners, funders and mental health experts from around the world to launch United for Global Mental Health in September 2018. 

We have made huge strides since we were established and are thrilled to have gathered hundreds of organisations and individuals to unite their efforts through the Blue Print Group and campaign groups from more than 15 countries calling on leaders for change on the world stage.

It’s an exciting time of change. Together, I hope we can create a healthier, more productive and kinder world”.

Elisha London, Founder and CEO, United for Global Mental Health


Our Team

Elisha London

Co-Founder and CEO
In 2013, Elisha suffered a trauma and was diagnosed with PTSD and depression. While she received the support and treatment she needed to recover, she recognised most don’t, and set about using her wealth of experience in international campaigning to propel the world into action. In 2018, alongside her founding team, partners and advisors from around the world, she launched United for Global Mental Health.

Sarah Kline

Co-Founder and Deputy CEO
From 2012 to 2017, Sarah worked with and for the WHO. She saw first hand the impact of poor mental health on individuals and communities. Having fundraised for WHO on mental health, Sarah was inspired to help develop and launch United for Global Mental Health. She has also worked for the World Bank, British Government, Oxfam GB and launched and ran another charity, Malaria No More UK.

Victor Ugo

Campaigns Consultant

Louisa Sampson

Comms and Partnerships Manager
Louisa has led communications for health charities and as a civil servant during the coalition government. She shaped storytelling for Prime Ministerial initiatives on volunteering & the prevention of hatred and prejudice. She had the privilege of joining Their Royal Highnesses’ Heads Together campaign team that changed the conversation on mental health in the UK. She is driven by her passion for amplifying the voices of people with lived experience.

Ana Maria Heilbron-Jacome

Content Coordinator

Amy Keegan

Senior Policy & Advocacy Officer

James Sale

Policy & Advocacy Manager

Simone Keise

Finance & Operations Manager

Ben Leatham

Partnerships and Special Projects Officer

Sam Clayton

Development Officer
Sam has many years’ experience in charity development since beginning his journey as a volunteer. He has previously worked for legal and environmental charities, and most recently at a peacebuilding think tank. He has degrees in English Literature, International Relations and Sustainable Development, and is taking a part-time Graduate Diploma in Law. Sam is excited to be joining United for Global Mental Health supporting on fundraising development and management.

Erica Esposito

Campaign Officer
Having worked on Indigenous mental health services in Australia, mental health policy research in Tanzania and anti-stigma research with War Child. Erica is passionate about making mental healthcare affordable, accessible and of high quality for all. She holds an MSc in Global Mental Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and King’s College London.

Anna Watkins

Executive Assistant
Having volunteered with health care services in Liberia and Malawi, Anna witnessed first hand how minimal mental health services are in many developing countries. She recently graduated from the University of East Anglia with a degree in International Development.

Zander Woollcoombe

Co-Founder and Consultant
Having seen people close to him affected by mental health issues, Zander was excited to develop and launch United for Global Mental Health. With over 20 years experience on campaigns and advocacy for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Bono’s ONE Campaign, Comic Relief, Global Citizen, Oxfam, David Cameron, Amnesty and Peace Child International, Zander is keen to help global mental health get the attention it deserves.

Our Board

Samantha Brown

Samantha is a Partner at Herbert Smith Freehills law firm and Co-Chair of Herbert Smith Freehills’ Ability Network. Alongside her legal career, Sam is a mental health mentor and has spoken extensively about her own experiences and the importance of raising awareness around mental health in the workplace.

Sir Ian Cheshire

Sir Ian is a British businessman leading efforts on global mental health in the private sector. He is Chairman of Barclays UK and the Heads Together campaign, spearheaded by Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

Natasha Müller

Colombian/Swiss by heritage, Natasha manages a private portfolio of investments, including impact investments and philanthropic endeavours. She serves on both the steering committee of the NextGen Impact Leadership Accelerator program at the University of Zurich as well as the advisory committee for The Conduit social membership club’s impact fund.

Professor Sir Graham Thornicroft

Professor Thornicroft is a pre-eminent psychiatrist, professor and global mental health practitioner. As an expert in the field, he writes about global mental health practice and stigma reduction and chaired the WHO mhGAP guidelines.