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.
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
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.