Time to Change ambassador Alastair Campbell has been named Mind Champion of the Year in recognition of his work to fight mental health discrimination.
Tony Blair's former Director of Communications, who speaks openly about his experiences of a breakdown and depression, fronted Time to Change anti-discrimination campaign and co-wrote our A World Without report, which highlighted the achievements of five major historical figures who experienced mental health problems. He has also filmed the BBC documentary Cracking Up about his experiences, and written a novel, All in the mind, the semi-autobiographical story of a troubled psychiatrist.
Accepting the award, Alastair said: “Change is happening, and I really feel we are close to the tipping point in terms of people's greater understanding and society's greater openness about mental illness. I am pleased and proud that people think I have played a part in that. "
The Mind Champion of the Year Award honours people who have made an outstanding contribution to mental health over the last year. It's nominated and voted for by the public and Alastair gained over half of the vote so thanks to all those Time to Change supporters who voted for him!