Marjorie Wallace is a multi-award winning investigative journalist, former BBC film director and member of The Sunday Times Insight Team exposing the Thalidomide scandal, and author of the book and screenplay The Silent Twins. In response to her groundbreaking Forgotten Illness campaign in The Times, she founded SANE in 1986, assembling a formidable network of politicians, media commentators and international scientists which enabled SANE to become one of the leading mental health charities in the UK.
Marjorie has been a respected and credible voice on disability and mental health issues for many years and is regarded as one of the strongest influences on reforms in mental health. She was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and received several honorary doctorates and professional awards, including the British Neuroscience Association Award for Public Service. Wide recognition of her writing and campaigning included the Communique Healthcare Communications Advocate of the Year Award for public health campaigning in 2014. In 2016 she was given the Outstanding Campaigner Award in the Women of the Year Awards for her achievements in establishing the pioneering work of SANE and advocating and raising greater awareness of mental health.
In 2006 Marjorie was selected as one of the key achievers who had made a difference to the health of the nation for an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery and, two years later, was chosen as one of the 60 people central in shaping today's NHS, alongside Aneurin Bevan and William Beveridge. In 2017 she was awarded honorary membership of the World Psychiatric Association in recognition of her hard work and contribution to psychiatry and mental health.
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