Voluntary Sector: Comms chief for Rethink

Mental health charity Rethink has appointed Jack Straw's former special adviser as comms director.

Mark Davies has spent the past five years as special adviser to ex-justice secretary Straw. He also worked for Valerie Amos, when she was leader of the House of Lords. Before that he was a journalist.

He replaces Paul Corry, who was director of public affairs at the charity. Corry left the organisation earlier this year.

Davies, who joined Rethink last week, said: 'The stigma and prejudice that still exists in relation to mental illness is one of the biggest challenges currently facing our society.'

Rethink is calling for better, more cost-effective treatment for people affected by mental illness.

A poll commissioned by the charity revealed that only one in six people with mental illness were receiving all the treatments recommended to them.

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