All the gen on VOX – its governance, structure and purpose

VOX Scotland is Scotland’s national voice on mental health – we represent our members’ views to Scotland’s politicians and health professionals to make sure Scotland’s laws and mental health services reflect service user needs and interests. VOX is Scotland’s only national mental health advocacy organisation run by service users for service users.


Carol Mapley

I have an extensive breadth of experience, knowledge and talents developed through my life experience, this includes my police service and latterly formal study with both the Scottish Police College, Robert Gordon University and the University of the Highlands and Islands. I am curently taking a year working for an academic journal before returning to University next year to complete an MRes looking at integrating VR, gaming and archaeology and then moving to the second year of my PhD.

My personal experience of mental health problems drives my passion to see change, particularly for students (who may for the first time start to feel they are struggling and away from their support systems). I have experienced adversity a plenty over the years but now I’m reaching for the stars (and succeeding!). I can think of no better summary for my life and aims than the motto of my former employer the Royal Air Force: Per ardua ad astra. – Through adversity to the stars.

I believe I can bring my breadth of experience, focus on creating positive change, and personal recovery story as a way to support positive change and strategic direction for VOX.

Dougie Pickering


VOX staff implement VOX priorities on a day to day basis. Learn more about VOX staff and their areas of responsibility from the profiles on https://voxscotland.org.uk/our-work/ – it’s always good to know who you’re talking to when you call the office!

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