Lynda has recently joined AWARE as an ambassador in December 2016 but has been a longstanding supporter of AWARE for many years as a Board of Trustee since 2005. Lynda had depression during her first pregnancy and said she felt totally worthless. Lynda opened up to the public in 2008 about her battle with depression in the hope that having a well known TV personality talk about mental health could help others in the same situation. Lynda said, “The reason I tell my story is because there are people in that position now. People who think they are never going to get better. People who are in that black tunnel and can’t see any way out of it."
Paulo Ross joined AWARE as an ambassador in September 2016. Paulo is currently breakfast show host on Cool FM and has his own show on Saturdays at 2pm. Paulo has a very good understanding of depression and the impact it can have on a person and their family. Paulo would like to do more to help raise awareness of depression and mental illness in order to encourage more people suffering to talk about how they are feeling and to seek help.
Radio presenter Cate Conway was keen to join AWARE as an ambassador further to the loss of her former co-host Stephen Clements earlier this year. She would like to encourage others to feel comfortable speaking up when they don’t feel strong or need help. Cate says “Being in my 40s, I’ve been through quite a few major life changes recently that all took their toll on my mental health. I found great relief in reaching out to friends and co-workers when I didn’t feel like myself and it was affecting my ability to work or socialise. I want to raise awareness of the importance of mental health issues.”
Vinny joined AWARE as an ambassador in March 2013. Vinny works for the BBC and hosts his own radio show, The Vinny Hurrell Show on a Monday evening on BBC Radio Ulster. Vinny has been an active supporter of AWARE for many years and has become an ambassador in the hope that he can help de-stigmatise the illness of depression and ensure that more people suffering are able to open up in order to get the help they need.
Chris came on board as an AWARE Ambassador in May 2016. Chris is a former Ireland’s strongest man junior champion. Chris, who is 27 and is originally from Larne, suffered with depression for years before seeking help. It was exercise and fitness that changed his life. Chris has just opened up his very own gym in Larne called Inspire. Chris hopes that by sharing his story he can help other young people currently suffering from depression or mental illness to get help immediately.