Campaign to fund mental health education for Birmingham children

Katie Buckingham, founder of Altruist Enterprises, needs your help in a campaign to deliver mental health awareness workshops to young people in Birmingham.

Twenty-two-year-old Katie, from Solihull, founded Altruist Enterprises with a goal to provide awareness and support to those who may be affected by mental illnesses.

Katie will be launching a new Crowdfunding campaign on the 30th August, which will run for 30 days. She hopes to raise £10,000 to deliver 60 mental health awareness workshops in 20 schools in the Birmingham area.

1 in 10 young people experience mental health problems; around 3 children in every classroom. 50% of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14, and 75% by age 18.

It is imperative that young people do not grow up with the stigma surrounding mental illness. They need to know that it is okay to talk about mental illness, and know how to support themselves and others in the fight against mental illness.

Katie, who had suffered from mental illness as a teenager, knows the importance of providing young people with mental health awareness: “I personally didn’t get taught about mental health in school, and this experience has really left me with the desire to raise awareness of mental health”.

Katie started campaigning about mental health at the age of 17, launching Altruist Enterprises in 2013, whilst studying with the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy.

Since then, her work has been praised by many of her clients. Natwest’s Andrew Mitchell, West Midlands Regional Director, called the workshop a “success”, and “certainly feels more confident in identifying the early signs of stress”. She has also been honoured with an invitation to the 2014 ‘Woman of the Year’ lunch, among other accolades.

Your money will help Katie send 10 experts into schools to help change the lives of children in Birmingham.

Help her help the next generation.

Douglas is a student intern at Altruist Enterprises. He is currently studying an MA in English Language and Applied Linguistic at the University of Birmingham. Douglas has a passion for marketing, and has completed a digital marketing course alongside studying for his MA qualification. He is glad to be given the opportunity to apply what he has learned from this course to help an organisation with such a worthwhile cause.

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