The best-selling author, Matt Haig, will be donating over £7,000 of the proceeds of his latest book, The Comfort Book to Grassroots Suicide Prevention. Matt will be putting part of this already incredible donation towards The Big Give’s Christmas Challenge – an annual matched funding campaign where any donation made to the charity will be doubled.
Being proactive in bettering our own mental health is not easy. It takes time and dedication. Conor Hyde, guitarist for the alternative rock band Insolace, knows this well.
We spoke with Conor about where the band’s passion for mental health stems from, the inspiration behind their latest single Hold On, and why they’re donating this year’s streaming proceeds to Grassroots.
The Grassroots Runners are an amazing group of fundraisers who play a vital role in protecting our communities from suicide. Their fundraising breaks stigma, empowers communities and helps people get the support they need.
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.’
With the Brighton Marathon round the corner, we caught up with four of the incredible Grassroots Runners: Nina, Steven, Lucy, and John. They spoke to us about the ups and downs of training for a marathon, whether there have been any surprises along the way and how they’re feeling about the big day.
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.