Neelam Khawani-Connett


Neelam has a lived experience of personality disorder, having attended the New Horizons Therapeutic Community in Aylesbury, part of Oxford Health NHS Services. Having battled with her own depression from a very young age, the skill-set she has since developed has allowed Neelam to work collaboratively alongside Training & Vocational Initiatives (TVI) clinicians to deliver training in this subject to professionals as a long standing member of Support Training and Recovery Systems (STARS) – a network of ‘Experts by Experience’ – to raise awareness of personality disorder in the U.K., as well as working with local services (Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire) to meet with clients to encourage them to engage with the mental health services and seek treatment. Neelam was also involved in helping set-up the new Therapeutic Community (TC) in High Wycombe, to develop the Therapeutic Environments Practitioner Course (TCEPT), both of which are running and are now in their third year. Neelam also participated in various activities with the Royal College of Psychiatrists in London as part of the Community of Communities Project (CofC) and the Enabling Environments (EE) Project, leading TC reviews and EE assessments around U.K. and Europe, as well as being a member of the Advisory Group at the College. Since relocating to India in June 2018, Neelam has started an online support group for British and foreign nationals that became stranded in Goa due to the Coronavirus lockdown; more recently, she has been involved with HNI and the Mosaic community and has joined GreenCloud (part of Embrace TC in Berkshire) as they meet weekly, online.