Dr. Charlie Howard believes in a world where mental health support is available to everyone, when they want it, when they need it. And in a world where mental health solutions are done together. Charlie is particularly passionate about young people. Her problem is that she thinks we've stopped listening to what young people have to say. And that they are seen as part of the problem. She doesn't think this is OK. And she's trying to make it better.
Charlie is a Mum of two little girls, a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, social entrepreneur, strategic advisor and keynote speaker.
Charlie has worked as a Clinical Psychologist in the NHS, private and community sectors for over 12 years.
Charlie practises as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust. Charlie is also a Big Lottery England Committee Member and an Ashoka Fellow. Ashoka is the largest network of social entrepreneurs worldwide.
Charlie founded MAC-UK in 2008, a charity which is revolutionising the way mental health services are delivered to young people involved in gangs and serious youth violence. Charlie continues to be involved in an Ambassadorial capacity and is involved in lots of initiatives in this space. She regularly volunteers her time to work with young people at street level and is humbled by what she sees and learns.
Charlie believes that how we fund social change is often flawed. She's founding a new funding methodology called Street to Scale. It's about ideas not organisations. And about how we get small amounts of money to people whose ideas are unheard. So that they can try out their own solutions. Street to Scale does this quickly, with trust and is about people. Oh, and it monitors little but learns everything. It was inspired by the Problem Solving Booth project.
Charlie is regularly asked to comment in the media on young people's mental health, and has been appeared on Sky News, Radio 4, BBC News and been featured in the Guardian and Evening Standard.