Meet Sophie, Aiysha, Ruban and Marvyn

It’s the stories of real people that have inspired us, to encourage others to share

Aiysha's story

If the world is feeling small and lonely, we need to talk.

It’s hard to be non-binary in a binary world. Aiysha grew up struggling with identity, leading to mental health issues. But with the help and support of the spoken word community, Aiysha was able to come out as gender queer a year ago. Since then they’ve been speaking out about gender issues and sharing their experiences to help people who similarly struggle for acceptance.

Read Aiysha's poem

Poem by Aiysha Humphreys

Specially written for our #SharingMakesUsStronger campaign

The walls of your chest are caving in
And you don’t yet have the language to open yourself up to anything but the silence
You don't know where you fit in
Don't know where you're going
You don’t know

Turn around
And grasp the affection of the sun
I promise you
That you are not alone in this


Ruban's story

If the pressure to fit in gets a little too much, we need to talk.

Social media can bring people together, but also isolate others. Since putting his life on hold following a kidney transplant failure, Ruban turned to social media to help him get through the gruelling dialysis. But rather than offer the support he sought, it instead showcased the life he could, and should have been living. See how the very real support from family and friends proved to be the positive impact Ruban needed to get his life back on track.

Marvyn's story

When work and life feels a little unbalanced, we need to talk.

It’s not easy juggling a high-powered work life with parenthood. That’s why Marvyn founded a parenting podcast for dads; a safe space where they can talk freely about the difficulties of fatherhood, explore ways to manage stress and create workable structures and boundaries to maintain a healthy state of mind.

Sophie's story

When the pressure to perform is overwhelming, we need to talk.

Sometimes a physical set back can have a huge mental impact. Back in 2014, Liverpool Women FC captain Sophie, suffered a potentially career ending knee injury that took its toll on and off the pitch. Here she opens up on how she came back physically and mentally stronger thanks to the help of family and teammates.

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