Florence, YMCA DownsLink Group – WINNER
Florence was nominated for this award by her peers at YMCA Right Here. She has shown an extraordinary level of commitment to tackling stigma and raising awareness about mental health and wellbeing across Brighton, Sussex, and the UK.
As a YMCA Right Here volunteer, Florence (known as Floss) has designed and delivered a number of impactful workshops for schools on issues like exam stress, social media, and help-seeking.
As well as sharing her story with local schools, Florence was an integral part of the #IAMWHOLE campaign launch sharing her message on national platforms like the BBC and appearing in the campaign’s music video with Jordan Stephens. Florence continues to be involved with #IAMWHOLE, bravely sharing her story publicly in preparation for the 2017 campaign.
Florence’s flair for public speaking and passion for fighting stigma, along with her appearances on television and lead role in the school performance of Billy Elliot, have seen her become a leader and role model at her school, where she has been involved in founding a peer-to-peer mental health support group.