I've been there. I've hit rock-bottom. I've fallen flat on my face, many times, and it hurt - trust me! However, my falls have illuminated me to myself, allowing me to raise my level of self-awareness and understanding of how I work, who I am and what's important to me.
I've experienced first hand what it feels like to be desperately waiting for professional mental health services. I don't believe there are not enough individuals who are willing and able to support and help young people, there is a problem with access and I've founded josp to change that.
Although, I can't change this alone. It's why I want to build a community of people who really care about our mission, so we can make a real change, for good, together!
My battle with anorexia
In 2012, after spending two and a half years of excessively losing weight and destroying my relationship with food, exercise and my body, I ended up at anorexia's death door. After months in and out of the hospital, weigh-in after weigh-in, check-up after check-up, I decided to pull myself out of the mental health unit to embark on my own journey to recovery. Three months later, I ran a 10KM in support of Beat - the UK's largest eating disorders charity. Six months later, I ran a half marathon and shared my story on BBC Radio 1. Nine months later, I shared my story on national television, ITV Good Morning Britain. Twelve months later, I was presented with the national media campaigning award at the House of Commons by Beat.
Recovery is possible
I spent the next six years on a self-directed recovery plan to defeat an incredibly destructive illness that took my mind and body to places I would never have imagined of reaching.
While in recovery, I joined KPMG, and at the same time partially completed the ACA qualification with the ICAEW, and a degree in Accounting and Finance with the University of Durham. In 2015, alongside my work and studies, I launched my first venture, The Instinctive Investors, a social-educational platform that connected finance, business and economics university students across the UK through knowledge sharing.
Opening a new chapter
In 2017, I decided to leave the corporate world and change my direction completely. Since then, well, it's fair to say it's been a journey of exploration, discovery and transformation.
I've spent hundreds of hours coaching young people, cycled hundreds of miles on Deliveroo and UberEats, worked as a street fundraiser to raise important funds for Centrepoint, and continued to deliver inspirational talks and workshops to empower the next generation at schools, universities and organisations of all shapes and sizes.
I do what I do to empower the next generation to fulfil their full potential. I continue to coach young people, deliver talks and workshops and invest my time and energy into building josp.
If you want to get more involved with josp, or have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email me at email@example.com 🧡