Inspire - The Charity
InspireUK was founded in October 2020 to help the overwhelming NHS and other mental health providers through the COVID19 pandemic. InspireUK offers affordable counselling services to individuals through the pool of BACP registered counsellors and therapist. Helping bridge the gap in accessibility and affordability for counselling services. Often individuals are denied NHS support and privately run practices are not feasible. The NHS mental health service is underfunded and often individuals are finding themselves either waiting a long time to see a therapist or even denied the help. We work to help individuals access the support they vitally need.
Board of Trustee's
We are pleased to announce an incredible Board of Trustee's joining us in creating InspireUK the Charity from 2022.
Louise Kermode – Chair of Trustees’
Louise is Head of services for Jami, a mental health charity that provides support to the Jewish Community. A qualified occupational therapist, throughout her career Louise has demonstrated a strong commitment to developing innovative ways to support people with mental ill health, distress and trauma. She has led the implementation of organisational changes that promote recovery in mental health, has had several articles published in health and social care journals and regularly presents at industry conferences including; College of Occupational Therapists annual conference, Occupational Science Europe and the National Association for Educators in Practice. Louise is dedicated to tackling socioeconomic inequalities, which directly impact on our mental and physical health and wellbeing.
Anastasia is Wellbeing Lead at the Bank of England, a member of the Samaritans Policy, Partnerships and Research Committee, and Co-Chair of Thriving from the Start (a mental health network for those early in their careers). Anastasia is a passionate mental health advocate following her own lived experience, and feels strongly about dedicating her time and energy to the world of mental health and wellbeing. A former member of the Commission for Equality in Mental Health with the Centre for Mental Health, Anastasia is also particularly interested in intersectionality within mental health, and forming both inclusive and accessible routes to psychological wellbeing.
As Capital International Group’s Health & Wellbeing Lead, Luke fights for inclusivity regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability or wellbeing -in and outside of the workplace. Luke came into this line of work after suffering through anxiety several years ago. Despite the struggles, his determination shone through, and he decided to overcome his “bad-patch” by sharing his story to 60,000+ colleagues via a blog on an internal interchange during Mental Health Awareness Week. Since then, he has gone on to speak nationally about his story to help others and then following that, support initiatives around mental health which finally led him to his current role within the Inclusion & Diversity space. As recognition for his work, Luke has won the Storyteller award at the InsideOut Awards and was part of Yahoo Finance Empower 100 Ethnic Minority Future Leaders List 2020.
Ashley is Chief Wordsmith, Manager of Communications, and Workplace Wellbeing Champion at EM360. When she’s not educating professionals about the latest enterprise IT solutions, she’s promoting positive mental wellbeing in her office, online, and across the UK. Following her own personal experiences of grief, GAD, and a lack of diverse representation in mental health support services, Ashley has dedicated much of her time to mental health advocacy. As an MHFA England Youth Mental Health First Aider and Talk for Health Peer Counselling Graduate, she works to de-stigmatise and support mental illness in youth communities – i.e. young Black Britons and early career corporates. Ashley also has a love for arts-culture-wellbeing initiatives, in which she has participated in like-minded panel discussions for City Mental Health Alliance and Re-Balance x Voicebox at The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival.
Dr Sophie Edwards
Dr Sophie Edwards is a HCPC and BPS registered Health Psychologist with over 10 years clinical experience. She specialises in the link between physical and mental health and disordered eating. She has work in drug and alcohol, diabetes, binge and disordered eating and integrated healthy lifestyle services. She is an expert in safeguarding and clinical governance and is a qualified clinical supervisor.