Liz is the creator of Headcase. She has a degree in Experimental Psychology and Neuroscience from Cambridge University, which has so far come in useful...never.
Liz is a best-selling author and columnist, a podcaster, stand-up and TV commentator. She has worked in broadcasting for 18 years, with such tremendous accolades as presenting the BBC's Live&Kicking with Mr Blobby under her little belt. (He wasn't under her belt. That would be quite uncomfortable. And not little at all.)
In her huge amounts of spare time Liz is a competitive runner, a mother of three teenagers, and stores granola in her bag.
Morwenna has written for the Guardian, The Independent, 1-D, and Suitcase magazines among others, and also writes her gorgeous ohsomo blog. She has battled eating disorders since her teens, and through her honest and often funny writing she wants to challenge our 'damaging attitudes of comparison, and the stigma of mental health.' She's in the right place, then.
Morwenna aced a 2.1 from Cambridge University 'despite going off on one about Kim Kardashian's bum' in her final exam. Result.
She writes features, columns and gathers daily news stories for us here at Headcase. If she didn't love writing, she'd be a ski-bum or surfer.
Fran has a surname, but to us all she is simply, Anxious Fran. Because that is what she is!
Fran writes beautifully and honestly about living with chronic anxiety, but somehow manages to do this while sounding - and looking - very calm indeed.
She also contributes to our features and 60-Seconds With column, and is a fabulous all -round Headcaser.
Lena Semaan is Headcase gold. She writes our Waiting for Normal column, and types faster than any other writer we’ve ever met. There is nothing normal about Lena. She is, in fact, extra-normal. By twenty-seven, Lena had dropped out of university 3 times, had a six figure job in advertising, and been sent to the world’s best psychiatrist. She is a writer and depressive, a combination that yields spectacular results on the right day, and better stuff on the wrong ones.
She’s written online for the Guardian, ghost-written for Celebrity People, been a speechwriter and run an incendiary blog or two. She's currently doing an MA in Writing while figuring out the eternal question of why she has not written her own book.
Mike makes things look beautiful. He works on all of our in-house design, and takes many of our photographs.
He is the co-presenter of our weekly podcast, Head to Head, and, despite having no previous broadcasting experience, is infuriatingly good.
He has battled depression for many years, and through sheer hard work and determination, has successfully kicked a rather nasty love-affair with the bottle firmly on the head. He is also a golf PT, a highly-skilled barista, and swears like a true Scot.
Rachelle is our sound guru. She makes our podcasts sound less like they were recorded under the sea, in a cave, next to a pneumatic drill.
She also has fairly major anxiety at times, and is thus a Gold Star member of the Headcase team.
Mike Snelle is a writer, art dealer and one half of the artist duo The Connor Brothers.
He left school at fifteen with no qualifications and accidently ended up at Cambridge years later.
As well as writing fiction he regularly writes on the topic of mental health, having periodically experienced mental health issues since he was a teenager.
Jane is a Yorkshire girl, studying for an MSc in occupational therapy and ‘defending my mental health like a ninja’, while in recovery from a major breakdown last year.
She now lives (well) with depression, anxiety and OCD, thanks to her weapons of choice - medication, therapy, and keeping on top of her occupational balance.
Jane used to be a teacher and has absolutely zero regrets about changing direction in her 30s, except for now being skint.
Her columns for Headcase look at life through the all the things we choose to do and how they affect our health, and share her love for occupational therapy and its many benefits, which she believes are ‘super underrated'.
She is also a mum of two, a wife, daughter, sister and a pelvic floor hero, thanks to visits to the local trampoline park.
Katie is a little bubble of amazingness. She’s 24, comes from Bristol, went to Exeter University and suffers from both anorexia and OCD. She also writes our beautiful, very funny and achingly honest column about her mental health issues and treatment.
When Katie was four she smuggled her Dad’s tool kit into her primary school because she wanted to dig up the playground in search of buried treasure. The tool kit was and her plans were thwarted. She could have been a millionaire by now, but instead she is living at home with her parents, with no treasure (and no tool kit).
Katie’s hobbies include hugging penguins and thinking about ways to propose to Helena Bonham Carter. Not at the same time.
Her dreams are
1 To become a published author
2 To hug a penguin
3 To Marry Helena Bonham Carter
Paul is our resident psychotherapist and myth-debunker. He has worked in both the Public and Private sectors for over 25 years, from Detox to Rehab and all the Mental Health services in between.
So, pretty much everywhere, then.
He has campaigned to make mental health treatment more accessible and more comprehensible, to everyone.
"Therapy should be there for everyone and we should do as much to make it as less weird and borderline Shaminic, as we can!" says Paul.
His columns for Headcase are the most refreshing and welcome pieces of professional mental heath comment and experience we are yet to read.
Hannah can tell you more about your brain than you ever knew you didn't know. A neuroscientist with a background in neuropsychiatry, she has a Fellowship at Cambridge, and received three university Prizes for Best Biologist.
That's BEST. Best is pretty good.
Hannah presented podcasts for the Naked Scientists and in 2013 was named one of Cambridge's 'inspirational and successful women in science, and has been known to jump on her bike and cycle....halfway across Europe.
All in all, she is just a LITTLE bit clever and amazing and she's going to share her brillance with us all.
Fiona studied at the Lycée International in Paris, read Modern Languages at Cambridge University, and formed part of the famous CUWBC Boat Race crew that very nearly sank in the Thames in 2016 . . . but stayed afloat thanks to amazing, ballsy, terrifyingly strong women like her.
Smart, funny, quick, delightful, ambitious and the right side of fiercely competitive, Fiona is spear-heading Headcase's marketing and PR strategy for our first major media launch in May.
We can't quite describe how happy we are to have this illuminating powerhouse on board.