Our story

We’re on a mission to revolutionise workplace mental health. Here’s why.

Paul McGregor
Founder – Everymind

Everymind was founded through a desire to create a mental health platform that combines access to support with the ultimate goal of removing the stigma through sharing personal experiences.

Putting this into practice, let’s start by sharing our stories with you. I mean, what better way for you to understand our company, than through meeting its founders.

Founder story

My name is Paul and I want to be honest with you. My life was pretty ‘care free’ up until I was 18. I grew up in a loving household, I was pretty academic at school and I played football nearly every minute I had spare. My life was following a pretty ‘normal’ path, but then my life was turned upside down.

At 18, my Dad who showed no signs of depression or previous struggles with mental health, my Dad who had ‘everything’ on paper attempted suicide. Just 2 days in to my new job.

His attempt came as a shock to us all, but he miraculously survived the accident. And after a few weeks in hospital physically recovering, he was home. But even though at the time we thought we’d escaped a nightmare, things got worse. And on the 4th March 2009, just 6 months after his first sign of depression my dad took his own life.

I continue to share my experiences and the experiences of others, standing up to the stigma that surrounds mental health and strive towards early intervention and better support for those who need it.

I started Everymind because after personally speaking at large corporations such as Lloyds TSB, and also smaller businesses such as Claremont Consulting, it became clear that there wasn’t a proactive solution to supporting businesses of all sizes.

There also still continued to be a one size fits all approach to supporting employees mental health, there wasn’t a tailored approach. Everymind is that solution I wish my Dad had when he was going through his struggles at work

Also Involved

Adam Shaw

Adam Shaw personally knows about the stigma and pressures associated within businesses and became involved with Everymind to help change that. Before selling his business in 2014, Adam battled OCD and anxiety but felt afraid to talk about it. He got very down and his OCD just came crashing down on him. Luckily he sought help, and was put in contact with a psychologist called Dr Lauren Callaghan. Lauren taught him a new way to tackle his mental health problem by accepting it rather than avoiding it. More recently he started the mental health charity Shawmind, alongside mental health publisher Trigger.

Dr. Lauren Callaghan

Dr. Lauren is an industry-leading psychologist noted for her work at National Treatment Centres for severe obsessional problems in the UK. She co-founded The Shaw Mind Foundation and Trigger with her former patient Adam Shaw in 2016, with whom she also co-wrote Trigger’s first publication. Lauren oversees all content and training, alongside working with our partnered companies to provide detailed analytics and professional advice.

James Espey OBE

James Espey was responsible for founding and/or developing liquor brands such as Malibu, Baileys and Johnnie Walker Blue Label, as well as being Chief Executive of Chivas Bros and Chairman of Seagram Distillers. An author, mentor and businessman, James sits on the Board of Directors for mental health charity The Shaw Mind Foundation. He has been awarded an OBE for services to the Scotch whisky industry.

Our team is passionate about making real change, revolutionising mental health in the workplace.

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James Kirkman

Director of Operations
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Director of Operations
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Director of Operations
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