The You Alright Mate? Team

You Alright Mate? as an organization is made up of spirited individuals with a diverse background ranging from lived experience and mental health campaigning, to performance and creative arts, corporate and startup strategy, psychology and clinical expertise and workplace mental health policy development.

We believe in staying excited about the fruits that can be born of the nexus of a meeting of diverse talents, and are excited to discover on a daily basis what that means for the realm of mental health.

 
 
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JONNY BENJAMIN AND NEIL LAYBOURN

Jonny and Neil are renown mental health campaigners, whose relationship began when Neil saved Jonny (at the time a complete stranger diagnosed with schizophrenia-affective disorder) from suicide via jumping off the Waterloo Bridge in London in 2008. For over half a decade their inspiring story has won hundreds of audiences, including never-ending engagements with charities and Fortune 500 companies as well as the likes of the UK government and the Royal Family. Their work with companies helped spawn This Can Happen, a premier UK corporate mental wellness conference, as well as the global You Alright Mate? initiative.

 

PETRA VELZEBOER

Petra is an integrative counsellor, executive coach, speaker and training facilitator with extensive experience helping leaders create mentally healthy workplaces. Prior to forming Cobalt Mental Health, Petra worked as Clinical Director for an EAP provider, managed projects for Young Minds and The Mix, and has run a private practice since 2009. She has an MSc in Psychodynamics of Human Development and is excited about developing technology tools to enhance empathy and compassion.

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‘Despite its proliferation in the office, where mindfulness trainees are often taught to concentrate on improving their work performance, “meditation historically was not designed to help you achieve material goals,” says Elizabeth Sudler, who previously taught mindfulness at Goldman Sachs. ‘ - FORTUNE Magazine profile featuring insight from Elizabeth Sudler

‘Despite its proliferation in the office, where mindfulness trainees are often taught to concentrate on improving their work performance, “meditation historically was not designed to help you achieve material goals,” says Elizabeth Sudler, who previously taught mindfulness at Goldman Sachs. ‘ - FORTUNE Magazine profile featuring insight from Elizabeth Sudler

 

Elizabeth sudler

Elizabeth Sudler, ACC, LCSW-R, CEAP has spent the last 25 years in corporate environments raising awareness and connecting the dots between behavioral health, performance, and employee wellbeing. She has held strategic roles in health and wellness divisions at Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs and designed and implemented an Americas resilience strategy for Goldman Sachs. As a senior leader at Magellan Behavioral Health and MHN/HealthNet, she had profit and loss responsibility for large clinical and call centers, one of which won a company-wide Distinguished Service Center of the Year for outstanding quality indicators.

She has coached senior and middle managers grappling with employee performance problems, and with their own concerns navigating high pressure environments. As a consultant, she has facilitated hundreds of classes among multiple industries in a wide variety of behavioral health topics, adjustment to major organizational or departmental changes, and executive impairment due to substance use and mental health conditions.

 

WESLEY JEMEL ALSTON

Wesley is an aspiring athletic footwear designer, whose diagnosis with schizophrenia in 2011 introduced obstacles to his early college education at age 21. Now, 7 Years on, Wesley’s journey to recovery and persistence has allowed him to continue his education while serving as a bright example on the YAM team of limitless potential despite mental health challenges. Along with his brother Johnny Quinn, Wesley’s friendship with Jonny Benjamin and Neil Laybourn evolved from email pen pal exchanges as Jonny helped guide Wesley through his initial recovery, to collaborating via campaign work on the meaningful YAM project.

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JAMES SKI

James is a mental health ambassador and consulting team member to You Alright Mate?, who alongside thriving professionally and being diagnosed as bi-polar, has succeeded in high responsibility positions at companies such as LinkedIn, Huddle and Ometria. James ranked Number One in the world, 2016 and 2017, at LinkedIn on its Social Selling Index with a score of 97/100. James was recently selected as a member of Founders of the Future, an invite-only community of the most promising entrepreneurial talent in technology in Europe.

 

JOHNNY QUINN ALSTON

Johnny Quinn is a creative entrepreneur with over 8 years of experience in non-profit facilitation, startup development, project management and creative direction. His experience includes program implementation assistance with Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Connect education non-profit and delving into crypto-communication. His personal mental health journey, as well as that of his brother Wesley Jemel Alston, led to befriending Jonny Benjamin and Neil Laybourn between 2011-2014 and planting early seeds for exploring disruptive opportunities at the intersection of mental health challenges and professional ability, which would come to birth You Alright Mate? In 2017.

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