"Hi, I’m Phil and I live in Halifax. Having signed up for Red January in 2017, I joined their online community and through the people I’ve met there, I’ve started to learn to open up about what goes on in my own head rather than do the usual ‘man thing’ and bottle it up and, as result, I’m learning a lot more about myself all the time. As an active member of that group, I’ve also developed a passion for mental health issues and breaking the stigmas associated with them and, to that end, I am now a Time To Change Champion within my workplace. It was also through the Red January community that I got to know Claire and first became aware of the fantastic work Red Balloons does. When an opportunity came along to be able to contribute to that great work, it was a no brainer for me - I’m proud to have become part of the team and I’m looking forward to working with everyone to contribute in any way I can to the exciting journey ahead.
In more recent times, I've completed my Level 2 in both Counselling Skills and Awareness of Mental Health Problems as well as becoming a Mental Health First Aider"