1st January 2019

In January 2018, Ben West lost his younger brother to suicide. The confusion and trauma of losing his brother compelled the teenager to make change.

Within a space of a few months, Ben helped set up the Sam West Foundation, in memory of his brother. He founded @team_walk2talk, a series of national walks across the country that aim to raise more awareness on male suicide.

To tackle the lack of mental health first aid provisions at schools, Ben launched the “Save our Students” petition. This petition has over 200, 000 signatures and counting.