Matthew Morris is the Director of Development for Your Life Our Help (YLOH) and The Mavam Group. He has been working with people experiencing emotional distress since 1982 when he went to work at a Mind drop-in centre in Northampton. Matthew trained as a mental health nurse in Ipswich and qualified in 1990. He has worked in the NHS, the voluntary sector and now as part of an independent organisation. All of his working life, he has been involved in developing new teams and services, trying to create compassionate alternatives to the medical perspective.