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Check out the Rural Mental Health Matters Team below, you can also check them out on their Social Media channels.

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Melanie Costas

 

Melanie Costas

Founder and CEO

Who's the Pink Haired Warrior that everyone's talking about?

That's me! Melanie Costas, and as Founder and CEO of Rural Mental Health Matters, I wanted to build a social enterprise that was focused on ensuring access to support is inclusive, accessible, visible and equitable, at work, and in the community. I manage a particular focus on disabilities, and those who live in rural communities, who face unique challenges and barriers to accessing support.

I have over 30 years' of professional and personal lived experience. With physical and mental disabilities, I'm also a breast cancer survivor.

My fantastic team at RMHM, offers a unique & proactive Whole Self mental and physical health and wellbeing approach.

Everyone has mental health. I believe it is everyone's 'business' to address and embrace wellbeing in the workplace and the community.

Mariana Martins

 

Mariana Martins

Researcher

Think of  someone who is always open to help and wears a big smile... That's me! I've studied International Affairs, Politics, and Community Health in my home country, Brazil, and in the place I chose to call home, Canada. I have years of academic and community experience supporting newcomers, youth, and workers. I believe in the power of cooperation, and that kindness is a strength. I'm an ally, so don't be shy—contact me if you want to talk about supporting mental health and well-being.

Srishti Verma

 

Srishti Verma

Marketing Manager

Say hello to RMHM's marketing manager! :) Armed with my engineering degree and marketing experience, I'm here to revolutionize mental health support for rural areas through exciting marketing campaigns. I like ice creams and travelling, and enjoy kicking stigmas in the gut. Got an idea that could help our mission? Shoot me an email or find me on LinkedIn.

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Sponsorship Enquiry Form

Use the form below to get in touch with the Rural Mental Health Sponsorship team.

When submitting information on this form, Rural Mental Health Matters will not use your personal data for any form of marketing or pass your data on to any third party processors. The data provided will solely be used to respond to your query/email that you have submitted. Your data will only be retained for the purposes already mentioned above or until such time as it becomes no longer valid or you specifically request its removal.

Nadine Heir

 

Nadine Heir

Media Manager

I'm a content, marketing, and media professional from England, living in Mexico City. Most of my career has been in the high-paced tech industry here where longer hours equal admirable commitment. Amid this industry-wide mentality, I had to find my own mental health care and began to align myself with people on the same mission. Is it any surprise that Rural Mental Health Matters found a place in my heart?

Get In Touch

Media Enquiry Form

Use the form below to get in touch with the Rural Mental Health Media team.

When submitting information on this form, Rural Mental Health Matters will not use your personal data for any form of marketing or pass your data on to any third party processors. The data provided will solely be used to respond to your query/email that you have submitted. Your data will only be retained for the purposes already mentioned above or until such time as it becomes no longer valid or you specifically request its removal.

Anastasia Michael

 

Anastasia Michael

Social Media Manager

Hello from one of Rural Mental Health Matters' social media managers, communicating our mission across the UK!

I'm dedicated to making a positive impact by lending my expertise to Rural Mental Health Matters. My experience is in the field of digital marketing, following on from my Digital Marketing Master's degree. In addition to my professional pursuits, I find joy in culinary delights, embarking on adventures, and challenging my mind with puzzles. My commitment to both professional and personal growth drives me to be a better person.

Feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn or email me with any inquiries.

Amber Barry

 

Amber Barry

Social Media Specialist

I'm Amber, a 25-year-old from the North East of England, dedicated to making a positive impact on mental health. With a background in caregiving and a deep understanding of the challenges individuals face, I'm passionate about using creativity to raise awareness. I'm proud to be a part of the social media team at Rural Mental Health Matters, where I contribute to our mission of making the world more compassionate and understanding through the power of social media.

Jemimah Mbagwu

 

Jemimah Mbagwu

Content and Social Media Writer

I'm a Content Writer, Graphic Designer, and Social Media Manager. My creative prowess is matched only by my dedication to making a positive impact. 
As a passionate volunteer for Rural Mental Health Matters, an organization at the forefront of advocating for inclusivity in mental health issues in rural areas, I'm applying my diverse skills and commitment, working tirelessly to spread awareness and support those in need, contributing to the betterment of rural mental health initiatives.

Amanda Whitlock

 

Amanda Whitlock

PIES Consultancy Associate

I am an experienced Wellbeing and Mental Health trainer and consultant. Licensed by Mental Health First Aid England, I provide MHFA-Accredited training together with tailor made training and consultancy.

I aid companies, business owners, and managers who are looking to provide the correct support, and individuals who want to look after their own mental health and maintain their wellbeing. I partner with Rural Mental Health Matters to offer crucial services and workshops.

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Mental Health Training Form

Use the form below to get in touch with the Rural Mental Health Mental Health Training team.

When submitting information on this form, Rural Mental Health Matters will not use your personal data for any form of marketing or pass your data on to any third party processors. The data provided will solely be used to respond to your query/email that you have submitted. Your data will only be retained for the purposes already mentioned above or until such time as it becomes no longer valid or you specifically request its removal.

Mkay Ekanem

 

Mkay Ekanem

Executive Assistant

Mkay is a hard-working and self-motivated virtual assistant with over 5 years' of experience in calendar management, project management, and various personal assistance tasks. She excels in providing exceptional services to clients especially good with Data entry, content writing, and social media posts which is why we're thrilled to have her join us at Rural Mental Health Matters.

Ayokunmi Ekemode

 

Ayokunmi Ekemode

Team Virtual Assistant

Championing the heart of rural mental health, I'm on a mission to make a difference where it matters most. Beyond the screen, you'll often find me fostering connections with people. From celebrating birthdays in orphanages, fueled by a deep love for my community, to channelling that spirit into my work, I am devoted to uplifting those around me. Join me and Rural Mental Health Matters to foster a supportive environment where growth and compassion thrive. Let's shape a brighter future together!

Loretta McHarris

 

Loretta McHarris

Content Writer

I'm a content writer who has mastered the art of writing compelling content through years of writing and working in this capacity. I'm committed to helping brands and organisations reach their full potential using content writing, no matter where they may be located. Rural Mental Health Matters is a mission I’m keen to contribute to with my skills.

Laura-Ray Read

 

Laura-Ray Read

Content Writer

I’m a neurodivergent content professional with a drive to slim the gap between reality and stigma. Though I am not from a rural community, I by no means grew up in the capital of ‘accessibility.’ Mental health was a taboo topic, and much of my life was spent feeling misunderstood. By partnering with Rural Mental Health Matters, I’m offering lived experience as a source for my content and seek to be a part of the solution.