Sam was part of a close and loving family living in Kent, comprising his two brothers (Ben and Tom) and parents (Chris and Michelle). He was widely regarded among his many friends as being gentle, kind, cheeky and quick-witted. His talents in both music and the arts were evident to all. To everyone in the outside world he had so much to live for.
Sam first started showing signs of depression and anxiety when aged 14. Tragically, only four months after he started being treated for clinical depression, he took his own life at the age of 15.
His death not only deeply affected his family, but triggered an outpouring of support from all those who knew him through his local schools and his links to the local communities in both Frittenden, Kent and Bryher, in the Isles of Scilly.
His parents set up the Foundation in memory of Sam and as an effort to help other children, young adults and their families affected by mental health issues.
The Sam West Foundation, was established as a UK registered charity in April 2018. The overall mission of the Foundation is to help people find the appropriate resources to improve their mental health and wellbeing.
The Foundation has two main objectives
1. To promote awareness, diagnosis and treatment of mental health issues affecting children, young adults and their families
2. To advance the education of teenagers in music and the arts
The Sam West Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals.
The Board will make proactive funding decisions based on the following criteria:
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