Youth advisory board
George David Hodgson
fashionpreneur, public speaker and mental health activist
In 2014 he founded the award-winning fashion label ‘Maison de Choup’ out of his severe anxiety and OCD episode. The brand has been recognised by the likes of Vanity Fair, which referred to Maison de Choup as ’The Fashion Brand with a Mental Health Cause at its Heart’. He also delivers public speeches in schools, colleges and universities on his story to inspire the younger generation about positive mental health and that there is always light at the end to the tunnel.
After recovering from his severe Anxiety & OCD he is passionate about helping young sufferers with mental health issues and encouraging them to open up and talk about their mental health.
You can find out more here: Website | Journal | Twitter
singer and songwriter
Rachael is an up-and-coming acoustic singer/songwriter from Derbyshire UK. She mainly performs her captivating and soulful original songs all over the North of England.
Over the two and a half years that she has been gigging, Rachael has performed at festivals such as Tramlines, Chesterfield, Rotherham and Barnsley Pride. She has also played on local radio stations as well as at gigs in popular music venues.
Rachael has a real passion for mental health. She wants to help others who have mental health issues or those with loved ones who are suffering, as she has had very close experiences with both. You can gain some insight into her some of her experiences through her music.
Rachael gets inspiration from a lot of different genres of music – from country right through to metal and hard rock. Her lyrical influences come heavily from artists such as Julien Baker, Dodie and Fleetwood Mac – making her lyrics deep and thought provoking.
mental health campaigner, footballer, author and public speaker
Ruth Fox is a 19-year-old mental health campaigner, author, footballer and public speaker. She was diagnosed with depression at 14 years of age and has had a difficult battle with the illness since then. After reaching her lowest point in November last year, Ruth was admitted into hospital following self-harm and suicidal thoughts.
Since her recovery, Ruth now has a passion for impacting young people in particular and, having only left school last year, feels she can connect to them on a very relatable level.
Ruth also provides talks and lectures to schools and corporate organisations.
mental health ambassador
Daniel is a finance undergraduate, currently studying at university in London, and is on track to receive first class honours. His inspiration to get involved in the mental health cause derives from his personal experience, friends, and family.
Besides being an ambassador, Daniel also serves as a member of our youth advisory board. He intends to create a tangible difference and become involved in reducing mental health injustices by participating in campaigns and representing the foundation in the media.