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...