Kenny Johnston - Suicide and CLASP
Kenny Johnston, Founder of the Counselling, Life Advice and Suicide Prevention charity, CLASP, talks to Dr Raj Persaud about how he set up the organisation after he twice tried, but failed, to take his own life.
Kenny Johnston is 43 and from west London. Having witness
domestic abuse, racism, mental illness and a variety of
stress-related experiences in his life, many could
assume his suicide attempt in October 2010 was due to a
build-up of tragic life experiences.
Kenny studied to become a CBT and Suicide
Intervention Counsellor in order to help those living with their
life traumas and daily trying to overcome the stigma which
surrounds mental and stress related illness as well as suicidal
thoughts to seek help and feel able and empowered to discuss their
emotions and thoughts openly in order to resolve them, see a
positive future and save a life.
"I truly believe that, if 50-60 years ago there was a stigma
over black and white couples and now there's mixed races children
including me; 20-30 years ago we had a stigma about Gay and
Lesbians because of HIV and Aids, now there's same sex marriages;
then isn’t it time to end the stigma about mental and stress
related illness as well as suicide, because the longer it’s there
the more lives will be lost"
Founder and CEO,