Student Mental Health: Responding to the Crisis
- 08:30 - 16:45
- The Royal National Hotel, London
Lee founded the Open Door Charity in 2011 after feeling that there was not enough services available for people like him who were struggling with anxiety and low mood.
In its first year, the charity supported 50 people. Today, the Open Door Charity is spread across three sites and is now supporting over one 1500 people a year, primarily using Bazaar – A Marketplace for the Mind and affiliated peer mentoring model. It has grown to be one of Merseyside’s most dynamic and progressive charities. This has been done by shaping change in the lives of individuals, shaping change within communities both regionally and nationally and by applying innovation and creativity to everything through empowerment, culture and opportunity.
Since 2011, the charity has grown to become one of the largest independent providers of talking therapies in Merseyside and one of the most progressive organisations of its kind in the UK.
The charity, especially Bazaar, operates with a different approach, in a non-clinical and progressive way. Instead using art, culture and music as the catalyst for change – normalising the therapeutic process and engaging the disengaged in an innovative and unique way.