Meet the team

MindMate Leeds is a collaboration between young people and professionals in the city, commissioned by Leeds Health and Care Partnership, on behalf of NHS West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board (Leeds office) and Future in Mind, Leeds. Contact us via email at

Salma, MindMate Ambassador

I’m currently doing a degree in illustration! From having my own experiences receiving mental health support, I want to spread awareness so more young people can do the same!

Kim, MindMate Ambassdor

I want to use my passion for art and creating to help young people maintain their well-being, as well as my lived experience of mental health!

Shreya, MindMate Ambassador

I am currently in my last year of Sixth Form! I want to use my own stories to help and motivate other young people to use their voices in hopes of increasing awareness, education and removing the stigma that surrounds mental health.

Greta, MindMate Ambassador

I am a final year psychology student, and I could not think of a better way to spend my final year than supporting young people’s mental health – to combine help raise awareness about support for young people. Mental health support needs to be more readily available in order to have an impact on wellbeing, and MindMate is definitely the way forward.

Rahesa, MindMate Ambassador

I have lived experience with mental health and want to be part of the Mindmate team to help start conversation on how to reduce stigma surrounding mental health, especially with young people.

Liz, Common Room

I help children, young people and families in Leeds work alongside MindMate and the Future in Mind Programme Board, enabling them to have a say about plans in the city, and about the support and information available. I manage the MindMate Ambassador team and also facilitate the MindMate Professional Approval panel to ensure information on this site is clinically safe and evidence based.

Saira, Early Help, Children and Families, LCC

My role as the lead for Health & Wellbeing Services is to manage the services which support the schools/settings. This involves training, advising, supporting and assessing the whole school approach to practice, provision, policies, curriculum, and teaching in schools. We have a number of frameworks, programmes and resources to help schools – find out more here

Alex, ICB in Leeds

My role as a GP and Clinical Lead is to bring independent clinical knowledge, experience and insight to help children, young people and families get the right support, at the right time and in the right place for their mental health needs. This involves working with different people and organisations to understand what works well and what needs to improve, so that people can experience better care and help improve the health of those who need it most.

Steph, ICB in Leeds

My role is to provide communications support to MindMate. This includes supporting with social media and planning campaigns, and helping to raise awareness of MindMate among professionals and the public.


About the MindMate Ambassador team

We are a small team of part-time MindMate employees between 17 and 23 years here to represent young people and their views and help make MindMate relevant to young people.  We all have lived experience or know people who are closely affected by mental health issues and the support systems in Leeds.

What we do

We have one main goal which is to reduce stigma around mental health and create a more open conversation about how young people are actually feeling. We do all sorts of work in the city to help promote MindMate. We visit schools and colleges to talk to students about mental health and make sure they know about MindMate and all the information and services which are available to them to support their mental health.  We take part in conferences, board meetings, commissioning panels and other meetings about plans for the city. We’ve also written blogs, recorded podcasts and helped design and write parts of the website. Check out the MindMate YouTube Channel to see some of our work and hear from other young people in Leeds