I pledge to reach as many people as possible through training and raising awareness of Mental Health and Wellbeing, especially within diverse communities where this subject is still not talked about.

I have seen first hand the consequences of where people do not feel safe disclosing issues surrounding their ill health, sadly where the outcome for some individuals has resulted in attempting or ultimately completing a suicide. This can be due to various reasons from lack of understanding, family pressures, cultural barriers, not knowing where to go for help and of course stigma. People feel more able to talk about Mental Health in an open and honest way without feeling ashamed or scared and also skilling people to recognise how they can support someone who may need it.

Karen Shukla National Adult Mental Health First Aid Trainier