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Marsha McAdam

Specialisms: Living with chronic illness, BDP, depression and motivational speaker

Marsha McAdam is an Expert by Experience, influencer and ambassador who is committed to bringing about positive change within the mental health sector. She identifies as having a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and physical health comorbidities.

After receiving life-changing mentalisation-based therapy (MBT), and with the support and recognition of those working with her, Marsha embarked on a venture to use her lived experience to inform policymakers and clinical staff and support service transformation in both physical and mental healthcare.


Marsha was Co-Chair of the Greater Manchester Personality Disorder Strategy and was instrumental in bringing policy and clinical leaders in Greater Manchester to prioritise service development for BPD.  


More recently, Marsha has initiated, organised and led a national Personality Disorder and Stigma project with key UK clinical, voluntary sector and policy leaders. 

Marsha occupies important advocacy and advisory positions including as an Ambassador and Peer Consultant for Centre for Mental Health. 


She has sat on some of the most transformative boards and panels, including being a member of the governments Mental Health Act Review Team, a founding member of the Speaker Collective and the Lived Experience Group for Equally Well. 


Marsha is also a national speaker on matters such as parity of esteem, personality disorder, stigma and discrimination. Having the opportunity to help others enables Marsha to remain positive and is essential to her wellbeing.

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