Young Entrepreneur Speaks at Samaritans Conference

Katie Buckingham (pictured), founder of social enterprise Altruist, inspired others as she delivered a talk on ‘Understanding Mental Health Issues’ to an audience of 150 listening volunteers.

Katie Buckingham (pictured), founder of social enterprise Altruist, inspired others as she delivered a talk on ‘Understanding Mental Health Issues’ to an audience of 150 listening volunteers. This presentation was one of many workshops which formed the two day annual conference titled ‘Being There’ delivered last week.

Utilising personal experience, Katie began delivering mental health related youth projects from the age of 17 within her local area of Solihull. Since then, Katie has worked with various organisations such as Solihull Council, Young Minds, Time to Change and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). Through Altruist, she has now expanded into the corporate world, helping businesses manage mental well-being more effectively in the workplace.

It is because of this experience that Katie (now 20) was asked to be a keynote speaker for this event where she helped Samaritans volunteers better understand the needs of callers that may be suffering with mental health problems. The talk included information on what mental health and illness are, awareness of the main mental health issues and how to help someone experiencing a mental health problem. The talk was very well received. Marion, Regional Director of West Midlands Samaritans said, “Many of our volunteers were inspired and motivated by Katie’s presentation. She was impressively knowledgeable on the subject and brought it alive. Her talk raised awareness and improved understanding of what some of our callers may be going through.”

Katie hopes that this will be one of many events that she speaks at to help raise awareness of mental health issues. If you are interested in booking Katie Buckingham to speak at an event then please email us at

Katie attended the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy where she set up Altruist in 2013. Since then, Katie has won various awards including Birmingham Mail's Young Achiever of the Year 2017, New Entrepreneurs Foundation 'Future Face of Business' and Entrepreneurial Spark's 'Most Accelerated Business'. She has also been a finalist in nine other award categories and in 2014, Katie was invited to attend the prestigious 'Women of the Year Lunch' in honour of her work raising awareness and reducing the stigma attached to mental health.

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