Rory O’Connor, Professor of Health and Psychology at the University of Glasgow, has dedicated over 25 years of his life to suicide prevention and research to combat harmful misconceptions around suicide and mental health. Rory spoke with Alex, our head of development here at Grassroots, about his new book ‘When it is Darkest.’
Our brand new Head of Training, Agnes (pronounced “Anne-yes”) brings her considerable experience and skill to benefit our training offerings. Here’s a chance to meet her.
Emma tells us about how the StayAlive app was a vital reminder of her reasons for living.
Lauren shares her story of how the StayAlive app was a life-saving resource for her in a critical time.
In 2019, Michael Chakraverty captured hearts of Great British Bake Off viewers around the world. His amazing culinary creations got him far in the competition – not to mention a Hollywood Handshake. But it was his joyful, sensitive, and kind presence on our screens that cemented Michael as a Grassroots’ favourite.
Jonny Benjamin is an award-winning mental health campaigner, film producer, public speaker and author. When he was 20 he was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, a combination of schizophrenia and bipolar. He has spoken publicly about living with mental illness as well as given various interviews in order to help educate and break the stigma. He has also produced and presented documentaries on the subjects of mental health and suicide.
Jenny Ardagh and Izzy Boardman are the hosts of a mental health podcast called Untangled, where they tackle a different mental health topic in every episode. Jenny is a mental health practitioner and trainee cognitive behavioural therapist, and Izzy is a researcher and assistant producer at a media company in London.
Liz Saville Roberts is the first ever woman MP in Plaid Cymru, the Party of Wales, she represents the constituency of Dwyfor Meirionnydd. She is the spokesperson for Home Affairs, Education, Health, Environment, Energy, Equalities and Government.
In her time in parliament, Liz has been a voice for issues like domestic violence, women’s rights, online bullying and many more. Recently, Liz has campaigned for more support and counselling in schools for students suffering mental health issues – a fast-growing problem among young people in the UK.
Alastair Campbell’s career has taken him through many roles: journalist, broadcaster, special advisor and spokesman for the Labour party, and author who has openly written about his personal battle with depression and suicidal thoughts.
His most recent book ‘Living Better’ is an honest autobiographical account of his lifelong struggle with mental health issues, and how the pressures of his political career affected this.
Jake Tyler is a mental health campaigner, advocate and writer. After reaching a point where depression and suicidal thoughts had engulfed his life, Jake reached out to a loved one, and with their support he made the decision to get help.
He has written his first book, ‘A Walk From The Wild Edge’ about taking back control of his life through his 3,000 mile journey around the UK, and along the way finding peace within himself and the world around him.
After working in marketing for years, Steven Carter-Bailey took the leap of applying to The Great British Bake Off series 8 – his life hasn’t since been the same! Suicide prevention is a cause very close to Steven’s heart. He spoke with us about how important it is to have a support system you can trust, and to normalise opening up about suicidal thoughts.
Danny Rahim is an actor who has appeared in the nation’s favourite TV series including Eastenders, DCI Banks, Primeval, Vera and Citizen Khan. He is also a mental health ambassador who speaks openly about his personal experience around mental health and suicide, empowering others to do the same.