The fear of being judged is preventing many people from disclosing their illnesses. At Chasing the Stigma we want to help remove that fear. By using our own first-hand experiences of dealing with mental illness we can say ‘I have suffered. I got through it and you can too’.

Our Supporters

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    The Hub of Hope is a wonderful and much needed online resource.

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    The Hub Of Hope will be a great resource in helping people tackle mental health issues.

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    Positive Practice in Mental Health

    A fantastic front line organisation, doing such great and valuable work.

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    Jeremy Corbyn

    A wonderfully simplistic concept that will help many up and down the country.

Our Team

  • Chris Clarke - Chair

    Chris has held senior development positions with organisations such as Everton in the Community, the Social Enterprise Network and Alternative Futures Group, pioneering a wide range of critically acclaimed community initiatives across a variety of social themes, including mental health, disability, youth offending, dementia and military veterans support.

    He has assisted the Premier League, Football Foundation, Department of Health and Alzheimer’s Society develop a number of high-profile national and international programmes, is a mentor for the national youth leadership scheme UpRising and a proud trustee of Chasing the Stigma.

  • Professor Andy Smith - Trustee

    Andy Smith is Professor of Sport and Physical Activity at Edge Hill University, UK, where is leads the MSc Sport, Physical Activity and Mental Health programme.

    As well as being a member of the senior management team in the Department of Sport and Physical Activity at Edge Hill, Andy currently works with Everton in the Community and other organisations, including State of Mind Sport and Rugby League Cares, on various sport, education and mental health programmes in community and professional sport.

    Andy has contributed to various government policy and media discussions on sport, mental health and suicide prevention on the basis of his research in these areas.

  • Angela Samata - Deputy Chair

    Angela recently completed her tenure as Chair of the Survivors of the Bereaved by Suicide, a national charity offering a unique and distinct free service to bereaved adults across the UK.

    Angela recently presented the BBC1 BAFTA nominated, ‘Life After Suicide’. The film encouraged discussion and exploration of mental health issues, challenging the stigma of suicide. The documentary was watched world-wide by over 3.5 million viewers, with over 95,000 views to date on YouTube.

    Angela sits on the All Party Parliamentary Group looking at Suicide Prevention in England and Wales.

  • Nikki Girvan - Trustee

    Nikki Girvan (BA, MCIPR) is a PR consultant and freelance journalist with extensive experience delivering news and features for local, national and international media.

    She has ten years' experience providing senior level PR support for brands and businesses both large and small, specialising in media strategy and liaison. Offering experience in many sectors, including technology and digital, design, homes & interiors, heritage brands and transport, Nikki’s personal passion lies in delivering PR campaigns for the third sector and the arts. Additionally she is an experienced ghostwriter, specialising in writing true life books across a range of challenging topics.

  • Jake Mills - Founder and CEO

    Jake Mills is an award-winning stand-up comedian and writer from Liverpool. In recent years, Jake has become a well-respected advocate for improved mental health provision in the UK. Described as the "Dalai Lama of Mental Health" by Davina McCall, Jake is a high in demand speaker, with him delivering keynote speeches across the country as well as regular appearances throughout the national media.

    Jake founded and is now the CEO of Chasing the Stigma. The Hub of Hope, the UK’s first nationwide mental health database, is the brain child of Jake who has seen it through to fruition, with it launching in July 2017 to national acclaim.

    Jake’s work has seen him win the Positive Icon 2017 Award, twice shortlisted for a Pride of Merseyside Award and Rethink Mental Illness’ Janey Antoniou Award. He is an ambassador for CALM and a Patron of Advocacy Focus.

There’s many ways you too can show your support

  • Support Actively

    Help us spread the message about Chasing the Stigma and the Hub of hope. Help share our story, make everybody you know download the app! Make the routes to recovery as well known as possible so, if ever a day came when you need to them, you will know exactly where to turn.

    If you are interested in volunteering, campaigning or simply want to say "Hi", get in touch!

  • Support Socially

    Ok, we admit it, we might not be the best at social media, but we are going to change. We promise!

    Help us out by getting in touch and sharing our message. Tag us in pictures, send us gifs, whatever you want really. Just show us some love!

    Use the links below to get in touch.

  • Support Financially

    Any and all help with fundraising and donations are massively appreciated. We are trying to make a difference and need all the help we can get.

    If you're into pushing yourself to physical limits scrambling through mud, want to do a coffee morning or have any other fundraising ideas, get touch touch, we'd love to hear from you.


Register and support the Hub of Hope

Are you a charity, organisation or group that can offer support to people living with mental illness?

No matter how big or small, become part of our Hub of Hope and let people know you are there

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