Kenny Johnston founded CLASP Charity after his own struggle with mental illness. Kenny experienced and witnessed racism, domestic abuse and other stressful experiences, leading to his own attempted suicide in 2010.
Keen to help others in similar situations, Kenny studied to become a CBT and Suicide Intervention Counsellor. In setting up CLASP Charity, Kenny aims to help even more people and to raise awareness about mental health.
One of the key factors of CLASP Charity is its three-digit helpline, which is due to launch later this year. The helpline will be manned by qualified nurses from the Medical Advisory service who will act as a triage, offering understanding and advice to the caller before referring them to a specialist.
The caller will then be contacted again within two days to ensure they were given the correct information and to see if there is anything else they need, for example counselling in their local area. The potential for this kind of helpline is huge as all nurses will have medical experience and will be able to offer practical advice to those in distress.
As well as the innovative helpline, CLASP Charity also aims to raise awareness and end mental health stigma with events such as ‘Walking out of Darkness’, a charity walk taking place on July 19th. This overnight walk through London will raise both funds and awareness about stress and mental related illnesses.
Counselling Directory is proud to be supporting CLASP charity, helping them to be heard and taking part in the ‘Walking out of Darkness’ charity walk this summer. To find out more about the charity and to join us in the Walk out of Darkness, please visit CLASP’s website.