Having suffered from bipolar disorder for a number of years, Fry’s first hand experiences of having a mental health disorder make him an excellent successor to the Mind’s previous president Lord Melvyn Bragg.
Speaking of his new role Fry said:
“I am honoured and delighted to become the new President of Mind. This wonderful charity performs vital work to help anyone, like myself, who experiences a mental health problem.
It is a privilege to follow in the footsteps of Lord Melvyn Bragg, and I can only hope to live up to the standard that he has set in his fifteen successful years at the helm.”
Bragg actually contacted Fry himself asking him to consider the position and was delighted when he accepted.
“My first choice to succeed me, and that of the Mind Board, was Stephen Fry. I wrote to Stephen and am delighted to say that he accepted. He has been both eloquent and public with his experience of mental distress, and I am sure he will take Mind forward and be welcomed by everyone who supports this fine organisation.” He said.
Fry has already been supporting Mind for a number of years and has previously fronted a the ‘Get it off your chest’ campaign, encouraging men to open up about their problems and the ‘Time to change’ campaign, aimed at reducing the stigma of mental health issues.
Mind’s chief executive Paul Farmer is confident that Fry will be an excellent leader of the charity, providing hope and inspiration to anyone experiencing a mental health concern.
For further details please visit the original Mind article.