About us


Talk for Health is a social enterprise improving mental health. It was started in 2008 by Nicky Forsythe, an Accredited Psychotherapist, to teach people an evidence-based method for therapeutic talking. It is as effective as therapy.

We are funded by the NHS in Islington, Camden Giving in Camden, and other funders. That means we are able to offer most of what we do to participants at no cost.

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T4H is commissioned by the NHS in Islington and grant funders in Camden. We can replicate this in new Boroughs. If you are a Funder or Commissioner and want to know more, click here

Why talk for health?

The stress & anxiety of modern life means that 1 in 4 of us suffer mental health problems. Over 75% of us receive no help and less than 1 in 10 are able to get effective NHS talking therapy.

Talk for Health is a transformative solution, which is..

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In psychological terms, it is the equivalent of teaching people how to fish rather than giving them fish to eat.

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People with the skills taught in Talk for Health can be as effective in supporting themselves and others as trained therapists.

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Good for wellbeing

Good for wellbeing

It promotes wellbeing by virtue of the fact that people give as well as receiving support.

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Good for community

Good for community

It promotes social bonds and a sense of shared humanity – the relief of knowing that ‘I’m not the only one’.

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The science of T4H

Meet the team.

The Team


Grayson Perry, RA, CBE


Grayson Petty Ra, CBE is one of Britains best-known contemporary artists as well as an advocate for effective talking therapies.

Trainers and Facilitators.

Our current team includes 10 Associate Trainers and 20 volunteers, all of whom have been personally trained and are supervised by Psychotherapists.

Operations team.

The T4H Ops Manager

Beatriz Fernández

Team lead

Beatriz Fernandez, our Operations Manager, makes sure our team delivers the highest service level.  She says:

“People call me an Ops Ninja.  An Ops Ninja gets goosebumps when perfection is revealed. I know – weird.

If you need something to work out, give me a shout. If you don’t know I’m there, you know everything is running smoothly.”

John Dempsey

John has a passion for helping people support their mental health and wellbeing. He is a central member of the Talk for Health Operations team, organising the schedule of programmes and events, co-ordinating our volunteer team, and liaising with partners. As a Trainer he delivers the core Talk for Health programme.

John also chairs Talk for Health ongoing groups including the Walking Group. He is a trained walk leader and appreciates the mental health benefits of exercise and being in nature.

Beatriz Macri

Beatriz is our Programme Manager. She works to ensure the smooth and efficient operation of our events as well as to promote our opportunities within the community and Partner organisations.

Radhika Kalia

I am the Operations Assistant at Talk for Health and responsible for participant communication, volunteer onboarding and social media and newsletter promotion, as well as assisting the team where I can on any ad-hoc projects.

Abbie Bateman

Abbie Bateman

Abbie is T4H’s Data Management Intern, responsible for keeping track of all participant data, following up with participants, and completing essential marketing tasks concluding various T4H events. She assists the Operations team when it comes to pulling together data reports, and on any additional projects when necessary.
Mike Lawrence

Mike Lawrence

Mike, previously a T4H Programme Graduate, is now working with us on a volunteer internship as a programme manager and will be helping with the operations team over the next 3 months. In his spare time he likes to go road/mountain biking and is currently working his way through the Ottolenghi cookbook (Flavour).

Nicky Forsythe – Founder and CEO.

Nicky Forsythe MBACP (accred.) FRSA
is an accredited Psychotherapist, researcher and innovator in mental health. She developed the Talk for Health programme in 2008. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Woman of the Year Alumna.


Roy Langmaid


Roy Langmaid is a Psychologist, Physiotherapist and Author.

Data Analyst.

Dr Diego Vitali

Data Analyst

Dr Diego Vitali is a clinical Psychologist and researcher, currently undertaking a PHD programme at Roehampton University.

Advisory board.


Philippa Perry


Phillippa Perry UKCP is a Psychotherapist, Author and Broadcaster commited to demystifying psychotherapy.

Imtaz Khaliq


Imitz Khaliq is a design expert and equal rights campaigner


Harriet Spicer

Expert in governance and strategy.

Harriet Spicer is an expert in governance and strategy. She was a Founding Director of Virago Press, the feminist publishing company.


Lionel Joyce


Lionel Joyce OBE, CBE is a former NHS Chief Executive, and pioneer of the Service User Empowerment movement.

Hugh Thornbery


Hugh worked in children’s services in the statutory and voluntary sectors for over 40 years and has an MBA in Public Services Administration.

Adrian Hosford

Adiran Hosford is a campaigner for better interpersonal communication and a sustainability (CRS) expert.

Philip Breslin

Philip Breslin was Lead commissioner in Drugs, Alcohol and Mental Health Commissioning (DAMIC) at the Royal Borough of Greenwich and now tutors at the school of Social Entrepreneurs.

David Smail

David Small was founder of Bakehouse LTS,Tesco’s largest in-store bakery and now supports charities and local enterprises. He tutors at school for Social Entrepreneurs.

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