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Maxine Peake is a much loved and well known British actress, who first came to the public’s attention in the late Victoria Wood’s ‘Dinnerladies’.  Since then, Maxine has enjoyed much success, appearing in numerous stage and television productions including playing Moors murderer Myra Hindley in See No Evil: The Moors Murders. Broadcast in May 2006.
Maxine says: ‘I’m honoured to become an Ambassador of SOS. As a society we need to be more open about the causes and affects of suicide. People need a voice and they need support in these difficult times.
As the life gets harder we all need to know we are not alone, we are not failures and that we can have somewhere to turn.’

SOS says: ‘Having met Maxine and being utterly engaged by her compassionate and caring nature, especially in relation to the under represented and vulnerable, we were compelled to approach her to consider being an Ambassador.  We’re delighted to say she agreed’[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][gem_divider margin_top=”20px”][vc_column_text]Rob Rinder

Barrister, columnist and television host Rob Rinder has supported SOS since its inception, attending our inaugural event in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, back in 2015.

Besides having a personal interest in mental wellbeing, Rob is especially keen to ensure that men’s mental health is spoken about more often, on more platforms.

We are delighted to welcome Rob on board as one of our Ambassadors and thank him for his continued support of our Charity.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1589801286562{background-image: url(https://secureservercdn.net/160.153.137.14/ejd.cfc.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Rob-Rinde-BW.png?id=27964) !important;background-position: center !important;background-repeat: no-repeat !important;background-size: cover !important;}”][gem_divider margin_top=”500″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row disable_element=”yes”][vc_column width=”1/2″][gem_divider margin_top=”20px”][vc_column_text]Sean Duggan , Chief Executive, Mental Health Network

Sean is passionate about raising standards of care and treatment of mental health services and improving lives of those who use services and their carers. His focus is on influencing politicians, policy makers and heads of public sector organizations and other key stakeholders to deliver evidence based intervention with a sound economic basis.

Previously, Sean joined the Centre for Mental Health as director of Criminal Justice Programme in 2006, and became Chief Executive in 2011. Immediately before joining the Centre, Sean was Director of Health and Social Care for Criminal Justice at the London Development Centre and offender health consultant for the Department of Health. He trained as a registered mental health nurse in Sussex, where he also held his first NHS Board Director’s post.

Sean is a founder member of the Mental Health Policy Group and has expertise in forensic psychology and criminal justice.

SOS Says: We are honoured that Sean recognised the importance of our work and agreed to become an Ambassador for SOS.  His vast array of experience will be invaluable as SOS moves forward in its development.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1526326285449{background-image: url(https://secureservercdn.net/160.153.137.14/ejd.cfc.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Sean-Duggan-Image-724×1024-1.jpg?id=24933) !important;background-position: center !important;background-repeat: no-repeat !important;background-size: cover !important;}”][gem_divider margin_top=”500″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1573582718841{background-image: url(https://secureservercdn.net/160.153.137.14/ejd.cfc.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Wendy-Turner-Webster-SOS-ConvertImage.jpg?id=25691) !important;background-position: center !important;background-repeat: no-repeat !important;background-size: cover !important;}”][gem_divider margin_top=”500″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][gem_divider margin_top=”20px”][vc_column_text]Wendy Turner Webster

Wendy is a TV Presenter and Producer, known for Pet Rescue and Absolutely Animals on Channel 4 and most recently for Crafty Beggars and Brits Rescue Romanian Dogs on Together TV and My5. She is an award winning animal rights campaigner and is passionate about raising awareness for the subject. She has been an ambassador for the charity REFUGE for over 20 years fighting, to raise support for those suffering from domestic violence and has spoken at many conferences after being subjected to both mental and physical control herself in her first marriage.  She is also passionate about speaking out on mental health issues, having lived with severe depression for as far back as she can remember… “Being diagnosed with clinical depression and being prescribed the correct medication most definitely saved my life and it’s devastating to think how many people suffer in silence for the want of speaking to the right person and being given the right help. A more recent diagnosis of existential depression was a game changer for me as it explains mental anguish and confusion which started from when I was around 7 years old! Knowing how close to the edge one can find oneself when life is at its blackest, I am both humbled and thrilled to be a Patron of SOS and to help in any way I can to prevent the act of suicide from appearing to be the best and only solution.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][gem_divider margin_top=”20px”][vc_column_text]Gary Webster

Gary is an actor and writer who shot to fame as Ray Daley, taking on the iconic role of Arthur Daley’s ‘Minder’. He has appeared in some of the UK’s top soaps, most notably winning a British Soap Award  for his portrayal of Gary Costello in Channel 5’s Family Affairs. Most recently he has taken on several critically acclaimed theatre roles, starring alongside Stephanie Beacham in A Princess Undone and Lucy Benjamin in Ruffian on the Stairs. But as Gary knows only too well, an actor’s life can be a precarious one… “Not many actors are lucky enough to be in constant and full time work and when I hit a lean point a few years ago I looked for work elsewhere. It was all going really well until the company I was working for reneged on paying me. As we’d borrowed against it we were suddenly in debt, which escalated until we were homeless and living in Travelodges and B&B’s.” Gary is a published author and recently had his highly emotional account of life in debt featured in ‘The Big Issue’ to universal and critical praise for its searing honesty. “Known for my joie de vie and eternal optimism I found myself battling depression and questioning whether life was actually worth living. It’s an honour to become a Patron of SOS and to help raise awareness of mental health issues.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1587421743994{background-image: url(https://secureservercdn.net/160.153.137.14/ejd.cfc.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Gary-Webster-SOS-ConvertImage-766×731-1.jpg?id=27354) !important;background-position: center !important;background-repeat: no-repeat !important;background-size: cover !important;}”][gem_divider margin_top=”500″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1575881397064{background-image: url(https://secureservercdn.net/160.153.137.14/ejd.cfc.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Hugh-Quarshie.png?id=26043) !important;background-position: center !important;background-repeat: no-repeat !important;background-size: cover !important;}”][gem_divider margin_top=”500″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][gem_divider margin_top=”20px”][vc_column_text]Hugh Quarshie

SOS are delighted to announce that British actor Hugh Quarshie has joined our team as a Patron.

Hugh has had a long and distingushed acting career both on stage and screen.  He is perhaps best known for his long standing role as Ric Griffin in Holby City although he is also a member of the Royal Shakespeare company and has appeared on stage in many productions.

Having emigrated with his family from Ghana to the UK when he was 3, Hugh went on to to read PPE at Christ Church, Oxford.

Hugh has shown immense interest in the work of SOS and is proud to be joining our existing Trustees and Patrons who are all dedicated to helping SOS support more people in more places who are affected by suicide and mental wellbeing in general.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][gem_divider margin_top=”20px”][vc_column_text]Emma Griffin

“My name is Emma and I work at Next Head Office as a Beauty Insight Analyst and also volunteer as a Mental Health First Aider.

 

Being an Ambassador for SOS is such an honour for me as I spent most of my teens and early twenties feeling like I didn’t belong and I wasn’t good enough. I want to be able to show others who feel the same that there is space for us in this world and we are more than enough as we are. Having anxiety and/or depression can make us feel alone and scared but by building our own communities and support networks we can conquer anything.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1590164445623{background-image: url(https://secureservercdn.net/160.153.137.14/ejd.cfc.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/IMG_8522-scaled.jpg?id=28009) !important;background-position: center !important;background-repeat: no-repeat !important;background-size: cover !important;}”][gem_divider margin_top=”500″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1595953464350{background-image: url(https://secureservercdn.net/160.153.137.14/ejd.cfc.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Peter-Devlin-1-1.jpg?id=28220) !important;background-position: center !important;background-repeat: no-repeat !important;background-size: cover !important;}”][gem_divider margin_top=”500″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][gem_divider margin_top=”20px”][vc_column_text]Peter Devlin

SOS are delighted to announce that snooker player Peter Devlin has joined our team of Ambassadors.

Peter is 23 and from Leyton in London.
‘Snooker is a passion, an addiction, a way of life. It’s in the blood. And for me, it’s a dream, a future career, and pretty much my life! In 2016, I became the English Under 21 Champion. And since then, I’ve been knocking on the door to turning professional. And that is the next major goal to achieve!
Snooker is one of the most mentally and emotionally challenging sports in the world in my opinion. You’re on your own. And when you’re playing, there is often nothing you can actually do apart from sit and watch the opponent play, while you think about every doubt, worry, fear and negative thoughts about yourself and your life.
You travel long distances alone, sometimes after heartbreaking defeats that not only cost you a lot of money, but also crush your dreams.
You practice hour after hour in quiet lonely clubs, banging your head against a wall trying to improve, but not knowing how.
It can be mental torture. And a lot goes on inside the head of a snooker player.
This is why I support this charity. Because I think it’s very important to talk about your feelings. I believe admitting and opening up is the first stage to helping to beat it.
I do believe suicide is one of the saddest ways to die. Many deaths are unavoidable. But suicide is not. It leaves so many family, friends, and loved ones confused and helpless. It leaves so many unanswered questions and lost souls.
Inside and outside of snooker, I think mental health is something that is definitely getting talked about more. And I support the movement that it should continue to be talked about even more.
No one should be ashamed or embarrassed to talk about their feelings and insecurities’

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