Leading local mental health charity, Mind Jersey, has confirmed the appointment of a new Executive Director. Dr Patricia Tumelty, previously head of the Bridge Centre and coordinator of services for families, will succeed James Le Feuvre from 1st June 2020.
Mind Jersey provides a number of services that include supporting families and carers, children and young people and also by offering peer support. The charity has also placed a strong priority on the development of education and training programmes, including Mental Health First Aid, where the charity has trained over 500 islanders in schools, colleges and a significant number of work places.
Patricia said: “I am delighted to be joining such a progressive charity at a time when Mind Jersey continues to reach out to islanders and offer practical and emotional support whenever it is needed, be that in the home, school or workplace. My experience working with children and families and having worked on the front line as a mental health nurse will, I hope, enable me to build upon the excellent work and reputation of the charity. My research on community engagement will also enable me to play a key role in supporting an islandwide pandemic recovery plan.”
James Le Feuvre, Mind Jersey’s outgoing Executive Director, has led the charity since 2012. He said: “In my eight years with Mind Jersey I have come to understand that each and everyone of us has mental health. As a community we are becoming much more comfortable talking about these things and this is really important in helping us protect our own mental health and in looking after one another as well. I hope that in some way I have been able to help advance this debate here in Jersey. I could not have done this without the brilliant team at Mind Jersey and the support we have had from Government, our fundraisers and, of course, our many volunteers.”
James said: “Patricia will be brialliant for Mind Jersey and brings a wealth of experience to the role. Mind has taught me that staying active is essential in maintaining good mental and physical health. I am, therefore, looking for new challenges bringing together what I have learnt from Mind, working with Government and employers.”