Mental Health Monster CIC is a social enterprise that works to shatter the stigma, break the barriers and guide people towards good mental health through education and conversation.

To do this, we supply a wide range of bespoke business services and social streetwear that fund our extremely innovative mental health projects that are moulded to suit specific audiences.

These projects allow for us to spread mental health awareness and education in the way that people are most likely to receive it, with the aim of persuading everyone to prioritise their mental health and showing them how.

Everyone deserves the ammunition to fight against their mental health monster.

Mental Health Monster

Our Values

Our Values

Education
Conversation
Tailoring
Community
Lived Experience
Innovation
Transparency
Humour

Meet the Directors

Nathan Jackson – Managing Director

Nathan Jackson is the founder of Mental Health Monster. His industry experience stems from co-producing contemporary mental health research, projects and symposia with organisations such as Imperial College London, Newcastle University and the Wolfson Centre for Young People’s Mental Health.

He is soon finishing an MSc in Strategic Marketing and hopes it serves his unwavering commitment to improving mental health literacy across the UK.

Read more about Nathan in his own words below:

‘The idea originated from my personal experiences with mental health issues, depression and anxiety namely. It was often the case that, during my times of poor mental health, I felt as if there was a monster that was out to attack my mental health. Especially as I’d often suffer from the physical symptoms of anxiety, as you would if you were being chased by a monster.

I have seen first-hand how many close friends and family have had difficulty with their mental health without realising the little things they can do to help themselves. Most of them depending on a therapist to point them in the right direction which can come months after realising the problem due to waiting lists or a lack of services for example.

I’ve also seen how mental illness can really shake a family. In August 2018, my uncle Stephen lost the battle with his mind at the age of 29. The following months were the hardest that our family had ever had to endure and for most of us the guilt is still as raw as it was on the first day. We were rocked to our very cores, everything changed. Here you will find a personal tribute:

So after a long period of self-teaching, attending CBT and supporting others with their experiences I felt as though everyone deserved a similar education. Therefore, I took it upon myself to try and break down the barriers to accessing such vital information, such as stigma, for example. Consequently, Mental Health Monster was born. We now see it as our job to persuade the average Joe to look after their mental health and show them how it can be done.’

Karolina - Our Story

Karolina Markevic – Co-Director and Therapy Affiliate

Karolina is a trauma-informed therapeutic counsellor and a brainspotting practitioner. She is a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. She brings experience from individual therapeutic work, facilitating groups, and incorporating various models to process personal difficulties and empower people through knowledge.

Karolina’s main goals are reducing the barriers to psychoeducational and improving the overall mental health in her community and beyond.

Read more about Karolina in her own words below:

‘Raising awareness and improving mental health is my lifetime passion. I care about it because there is so much stigma around it, when in fact it affects EVERYTHING – our relationships, outlook on life, jobs, etc. I have unfortunately faced loss due to mental illness, which only made my commitment to creating a change in my community so much stronger. I know I’m not alone in this, so let’s be there for each other. One of my main tools in creating change is providing therapy and counselling within my community.

In therapy, by looking within, we can find ways to give ourselves the safety, love, nourishing we need and deserve. In other words, we go back in time and hug our hurt self, so we can build a future that allows us to function and live a fulfilling life. We cannot change our past, but we can find ways to heal from awareness, acceptance, forgiveness and self-love.

Mental Health Monster’s message spoke to me so loudly, I had to get involved. Every single one of us has mental health, so why don’t we make educating ourselves about it a priority? It is all about small new things that we consistently introduce into our lives, so I hope that together we can normalise conversation about mental health and share some useful tips.’

Our Aim

We’re at a stage where mental health awareness is at an all-time high thanks to tireless work from the major players in mental health research and support. But now it’s time to go one step further.

People need to learn how they can keep their minds healthy and what steps they can take to ensure good mental health. This is exactly why we want to shatter the stigma, break the barriers and guide people towards good mental health.

We see it as our job to persuade the average joe to look after their mental health and to show them how. The information is out there, we just need to package it up in a way that suits people, whether they feel like they need it or not. Everyone deserves the toolkits necessary to ensure a healthy mind, before crisis point.

We adopt tailored approaches for our mental health projects based on a range of different target audiences, aimed at bringing mental health conversation and education to these groups in the way that they’re most likely to receive it.

Imagine a world where people are able to talk about their mental health, whether it is good or bad. Imagine a world where people get to be as happy and healthy as they can be. Imagine a world where the Mental Health Monster can be defeated with ease.

We want this world, and we want to start building it in an environmentally sustainable way.

Whilst we could tell you all about the fancy numbers and measurable metrics that we’re aiming for, we would rather focus on what really matters. For us, it’s the conversations that people have off the back of one of our projects, or the little tips that people learn as a result of one of our posts.

Every small step that someone takes towards good mental health is worth more to us than anything else.

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