Access – a recipe for excellence

Tonight is one of my favourite nights of the year, the Stelios Foundation Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs. I’ve been to this ceremony for the last three years, not least because the first time I was there I actually won the award, the top prize of £30 000, for my mental health diary app, Mental Snapp.…

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World Mental Health Day in Community

It’s World Mental Health Day and I’m spending it in community. It’s the biggest stigma busting thing you can do for mental health, is talk about it. Talk about it seems to be everywhere right now, and this is only a good thing. As I’m writing this right now, I’m on a bus to Peckham,…

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Beyond Fear

I am massively influenced in my thinking about mental health by two books which tackle the drivers of poor mental health. There is a saying in psychotherapy circles, “Name it to tame it”. This applies to emotions, when feeling out of control of emotions, the first step is to name them and identify the pain…

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#mentalhealthartists

A few weeks back me and a few mental health mates started meeting on a regular basis to chuck a ball around, have some mindful moments and support each other in our mental health creativity missions. It was liberating, and some extraordinary things are coming out of some very ordinary moments that we shared together. …

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Stelios Foundation – winning the award

The Stelios Foundation is run by Sir Stelios himself, of EasyGroup. Winning the Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs, which he established with the charity Leonard Cheshire, was an amazing experience. Once we were shortlisted there was a whirlwind couple of weeks of filming, media interviews and of course a final interview with Sir Stelios himself, who…

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Paul Hamlyn Foundation – Ideas and Pioneers

Paul Hamlyn Foundation have been amazing supporters of Mental Snapp ever since we got funding from them back in 2016 to establish the first version of the app, funded under the first year of their Ideas and Pioneers fund. Since then they’ve asked Hannah back to speak and convey the Mental Snapp vision, and given…

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Cambridge Social Ventures – a rigorous training

Cambridge Social Ventures are brilliant. We’ve been on their start up course from Autumn 2018 and thoroughly benefited from their expertise in preparing for our seed round of investment. They’ve helped us strengthen our processes and structures and given us some great advice, training and support. More

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BGV – super cool investors

BGV have been our investors, mentors and supporters since 2017 when we had a first version of the app being testing by London Southbank University. We did their accelerator in spring that year and were rigorously put through our paces in learning lean start up principles, testing and developing the product and the proposition. They…

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Full page in the Evening Standard

It was right at the start of our journey that we scooped a full page feature in the Evening Standard. So much has changed since then, the business model and the whole concept has altered. But it hasn’t changed the excitement of seeing Mental Snapp featured so prominently in a newspaper with that kind of…

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Live on BBC

It was an amazing buzz to feature live on the BBC News Channel fresh from winning the Stelios Foundation Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs. It was my first time in the new BBC Broadcasting House in Regents Street, and it felt exciting – I instagrammed going through the doors – and weirdly familiar from watching W1A.…

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