SOS are delighted to welcome mental health activist John Junior (he/him), also known as The Duckman onboard as an Ambassador.
John is a passionate mental health activist, fighting for better mental health therapy, working closely with charities, lobbying MPs, and raising awareness and preventing suicide.
John goes around with a yellow teddy duck called Charlie who supports others who are struggling with their mental health.
John was born with a rare chromosome disorder XXY Syndrome, meaning they have an extra X female Chromosome.
John created the suicide and mental illness awareness movement ‘John & Charlie’s Journey’ in 2019, and in 2020 the “(DBT) dialectical behaviour therapy for all campaign’ helping to ensure anyone who is suicidal and has self-destructive behaviours, could access this treatment more widely on the NHS throughout the UK.
As a TV personality, John, co created, inspired and featured in BAFTA nominated and multiple award winning series Hollyoaks IRL, which is a storyline that saved his life during lockdown. He credits Hollyoaks cast member Ashley Taylor Dawson for saving his life and now friends who keep in contact.
John, who believes mood is temporary, is well known for his upbeat personality, says “men don’t like to talk because it makes us look weak, we’re not weak, we’re human, its okay to cry, its okay to reach out for help”
John is currently working on a book and film called “The Mood is Temporary” based on the struggles of their life and inspired by a Hollyoaks story line.
John and Charlie have saved over 1300 people from taking their life with help from Charlie who distracts them.
”I am honoured to of been invited to join SOS as an ambassador, we are going to do amazing things together.”