Stephen Fry becomes president of Mind

Stephen Fry officially took up his new role aspPresident of the mental health charity Mind at a gala dinner earlier this week.

The dinner, which Fry co-hosted with his predecessor Lord Melvyn Bragg, was held at the Imperial War Museum to launch a new art exhibition that will raise funds for the charity.

Stephen Fry has long been an advocate for mental health issues, producing a documentary about his experience of bipolar disorder in 2006 and fronting Mind’s anti-stigma campaign Time to Change. Addressing the audience last night, he said:

“I am honoured and delighted to become the new President of Mind. The mind, like the body, is prone to disease or disorder. 

“We must end the stigma of mental health problems.            

“The mental health sector is the most amazing place to work at the moment and it is a privilege to follow in the footsteps of Lord Melvyn Bragg. I can only hope to live up to the standard that he has set in his fifteen successful years at the helm.”

The dinner took place following the opening night of Mindful, a new exhibition held in the cavernous Old Vic Tunnels beneath Waterloo station. Curated by Mind Ambassador Stuart Semple, Mindful features works from leading figures in contemporary art including Jake and Dinos Chapman, Tracey Emin, Sebastian Horsely, Sarah Lucas and Mat Collishaw.

Earlier this year Stephen Fry described the Society’s report Understanding Bipolar Disorder as “fascinating”. It can be downloaded free of charge from this website.