anxiety, celebrity, depression, general, health, mental health, wellbeing

Nailing Mental Health


1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in any given year

9 out of 10 people with mental health problems experience stigma and discrimination

Somebody loses their life every TWO HOURS due to mental health

For every one female to take their own life due to mental health struggles, 4 men take theirs

In 2015 in the UK and ROI 6,078 people suffering with mental health issues, took their own life

2015 is also the year I finally took back control of my life, and fought the hardest battle I ever have, and won.

This is why when asked by Beauty Therapist Alison Mitchell,

Alison Mitchell, just one of the 350 nail techs who’ll be taking part in the event

if I could give a little assistance promoting an upcoming event aimed at raising awareness surrounding mental health and to raise funds to go towards the provision of care of those suffering, I’m all behind it.

A celebrity nail artist from Dartford, Kent, has set up event  ‘Nailing Mental Health’, which will be taking place on Sunday 2nd April at InterContinental O2 Hotel, London from 10.30am where herself and approximately 350 nail techs will attempt to break a world record by doing at least 6,078 shapes and paints in green glitter, which is the colour of the mental heath ribbon, over 8 hours to mark each of the lives lost to mental illness.

Stephanie Staunton, whilst suffering her own battles, came up with the idea after suffering a break down and suicide attempt in August 2016. Stephanie, and her team aim to raise £30K, with a donation of £5 from each person who has their nails painted, and the funds raised will go towards MIND, Samaritans and Stephanies charity ‘Nailing Mental Health’.

Stephanie Stuanton showing support with green nails

All funds raised will be used to cover the cost of therapy which will be offered to those suffering with mental health issues, as current waiting lists on the NHS can be anything between 12-18weeks, which can have devastating consequences.

But the event is just as much about raising awareness as it is funds. More shocking statistics show that

1 in 10 children and young people aged 5 – 16 suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder – that is around three children in every class.

Between 1 in every 12 and 1 in 15 children and young people deliberately self-harm 

There has been a big increase in the number of young people being admitted to hospital because of self harm. Over the last ten years this figure has increased by 68%.

This is why we need to act, and we need to act now. We need more understanding around the issues surrounding mental health, and how we can help. We need more funding to provide the potentially life save care these people desperately need.

The event has already drawn some celebrity support, with some names set to attend on the day. But there is still an urgent need of nail techs to help set this record, which will be judged by Guinness Book of Records), and members of the public to attend the venue to have their nails painted.

To be part of this event and help raise awareness of mental health issues and funds for the charity, contact Stephanie via the Nailing Mental Health Facebook group.

Instagram @nailingmentalhealth



celebrity, lifestyle, theatre

Ten Minutes with Jeremy Edwards

With panto season coming to an end for this year, I thought I would try and grab a quick ten minutes with Hollyoaks heart-throb and Holby City star Jeremy Edwards just before he goes on stage.

The actor and television presenter has spent the Christmas period up in the North East, staring as the villainous Gaston alongside Ex-Emerdale actress Roxanne Pallet playing Belle in Blue Genies Entertainments production of Beauty and the Beast.

Being no stranger to Whitley Bay, Jeremy is enjoying his time here, and had the pleasure of spending Christmas day with family ‘I love it up here’ explains Jeremy, ‘My mum is from Whitley Bay so Christmas was spent with aunts, uncles, cousins, and celebrated North East style’.  Asked if he has picked up any of the dialect, ‘I’m saying ‘Aye’ quite a lot Jeremy laughs’.

Jeremy goes on to tell me he is really enjoying his time in panto, and is particularly enjoying his more playful role. ‘I’ve been in panto three times before, but the role of Gaston is completely different from anything I have played before’. The adults amongst the audience will probably have been reminded of Blackadder, through Gastons mannerisms, quirkiness and presence. ‘I used Rick Mayalls Blackadder character, Lord Flashheart as inspiration, with the theatrical voice and sharp moves’.

Jeremy admits that the up to three shows a day can prove very tiring ‘I’ve done films, tv, plays and presenting, but panto is definitely the hardest job. Any panto requires you to use all disciplines, and there’s quite a bit of dancing and vocals in this show, so it’s quite high energy’.

Jeremy didn’t initially intend to get into acting. ‘I actually got my Hollyoaks audition through a friend. Before that I did modelling, I also worked behind the scenes at the BBC, and wanted to be a producer’.

Jeremy is also no stranger to reality tv, enjoying time on ‘Dancing on Ice’ in 2009, the third series of Celebrity Big Brother back in 2005, which he regrettably describes as a  mistake ‘ I didn’t enjoy the experience. It wasn’t really how I expected it to be’. Asked if he would ever take up the opportunity to go into the celebrity jungle, Jeremy reveals he has already turned it down ‘It’s not for me. I just couldn’t eat any bugs’! Jeremy exclaims.

Jeremy is looking forward to spending New Year at home in London with his wife and dog ‘I’m going home tomorrow afternoon. We’ll probably have a meal and some drinks then I’m back up on the 2nd January’.

Asked what 2015 has in store, ‘More hard work, and hopefully more Millie’ Jeremy replies referring to his current role of Dad Mike in the CBBC comedy drama. ‘I’m also off to LA for four months , just to see how it goes out there then hopefully I’ll be moving there later on this year, and I’ll be on The Wright Stuff panel pretty much straight after panto’.

Jeremy can still be seen in Beauty and the Beast and the Whitley Bay Playhouse running until January 4th, 2015