Ben West
Mental Health Campaigner

This is about Ben's journey


Hello, I am Ben West and here is my story..

“a situation that no one saw coming”

It was a very normal Sunday, I was getting ready for school and listening to music on my bed when absolutely out of nowhere, a terrifying scream radiated from my brother’s room. As I ran through the door, I was thrown into a situation that no one saw coming. I spent the next half an hour frantically and desperately trying to bring Sam back to life. If it was a normal Sunday before, it was certainly far from normal now.

Losing someone to suicide is unlike any other grief you could experience because the sheer act is one of willing. They made the choice to go, all things considered. That is very very hard to come to terms with. Someone you loved unconditionally and expected that to be mutual, someone whom you assumed would always be there for you, made a decision to leave you behind. Suicide doesn’t have just one victim, so many lives are torn and so many are affected.


In the weeks after Sam’s death, I made the decision to bounce back and save others the same pain through campaigning for mental health awareness. Fortunately for me, I had a team of very close friends around me who felt equally passionate about the subject of mental health. I sent a message to our group chat and asked if anyone wanted to do a walk to raise awareness and funds for the foundation we had set up in Sam’s name (linked here). This walk turned out to be a 200km trek in 10 days from our local school in Cranbrook to Canterbury and on to Parliament Square in London.

If you would like further information then have a look at my website Click here

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