Mandy Stevens is a qualified nurse & has worked in mental health services for 30 years. For the first 15 years Mandy worked in a range of clinical positions mostly in the Mental Health Acute Care pathway, including inpatient services, Crisis Teams & Community Mental Health Teams. Mandy then moved in to management positions, initially as a Matron in the NHS, a Hospital Director in the Independent sector, then has held a range of Director level positions in the NHS, including Director of Nursing, Director of Mental Health Operations and Director of Quality Improvement across London and the south east.
In October 2016 Mandy suffered a severe episode of depression resulting in a crisis admission to an NHS acute mental health unit, where she stayed for three months. During this time Mandy experienced suicidal thoughts and anxiety. Discharged on 20 January, spent three months at home focusing a clear recovery plan. She is now fully recovered from her illnesses and has spoken widely about how this episode affected her, including a blog on LinkedIn and viewed by over 1 million people.
With Mandy's unique experience as a mental health nurse, senior leadership positions and more recently personal experience of using services, Mandy is now increasingly advocating for mental health awareness, antistigma campaigns, learning from the patient's experience & recovery focused work.