Rosie Day is an award winning young actress. She is a series regular on Golden Globe nominated Sony Pictures/Starz TV series Outlander and recently starred in ‘All Roads Lead to Rome’, alongside Sarah Jessica Parker. She was named one of Screen International’s ‘Stars of Tomorrow’.
Rosie said: “I’m so delighted to be an ambassador for stem4! A cause very close to my heart, stem4 does such brilliant, important work with teenage mental health, from prevention to early intervention and managing mental illnesses. Their work is so highly needed in today’s society, and I’m so looking forward to working with this excellent, life-changing charity.”
Dr Nihara Krause, CEO of stem4 said: “I am very pleased to welcome Rosie as a young ambassador to stem4. Her enthusiasm and commitment to the work we do is fantastic and I’m sure the young people we work with will see her as a positive role model. Rosie joins our other two ambassadors Georgina Campbell and Naomi Cavaday who we are also very lucky to have represent us.”
Georgina Campbell is an English actress best known for her television roles in ‘One Night’ and ‘Murdered by My Boyfriend’. Her performance in the latter won her the British Academy Television Award for Best Actress 2015. Georgina is committed to joining us in the work we do in raising early awareness and signposting to early intervention.
Georgina Campbell said: “I openly support stem4 as I wish I’d had access to a charity like stem4 when I was growing up. I had difficulties controlling my emotions as a teenager, unaware that I was coping with the symptoms of depression. It’s encouraging to see stem4 doing key work intervening early with young girls experiencing mental health issues.
Hopefully, with more awareness and education young girls will feel empowered to vocalise their internal agonies and gain immediate help rather than let symptoms worsen. The stigma surrounding mental health issues ultimately prevents progress, I’m excited to see the ways in which stem4 is breaking down these barriers and I’m very glad to become part of the process.”
Dr Nihara Krause, CEO of stem4 said: “I am absolutely thrilled that Georgina is volunteering for stem4 since many of the young people we see will relate very well to the emotional difficulties she experienced as a young girl. The more we can encourage children and young people to feel able to challenge the secrecy that surrounds mental ill health issues and ask for early help, the more effective our message will be.”
stem4 ambassador Naomi Cavaday, former British number 3 tennis player, will bring her own personal experience of battling bulimia and depression to the team. Her illness caused her to retire from the game at just 21 years old. Now healthy and confident she feels ready to talk about her experiences, and help stem4 deliver education and support to young people.
Dr Nihara Krause, CEO and Founder of stem4 said: “stem4 welcomes Naomi not only as a fantastic role model but also because teenagers relate well to personal stories, will like the fact she is a young sportswoman and they will take a very positive message from her recovery. Reducing stigma and encouraging teenagers to develop confidence in asking for help is something we encourage, as well as offering support to their friends, teachers and families in being receptive to disclosure and to know where to signpost them for help.”
Naomi said: “I have chosen to support stem4 as I passionately believe that supporting and educating teenagers in schools is crucial for early intervention in mental health. I struggled with depression and an eating disorder through adolescence, but I didn’t realise at the time what was going on. Increased awareness, education and less stigma would have meant I would have felt more comfortable about speaking out earlier and been able to get the help I needed to deal with what I was experiencing. stem4 is tackling this head on by going into schools and educating teachers, parents and pupils about the issues and difficulties so many teenagers face.”
Michael Maitland / Iain Maitland
stem4 ambassador Michael Maitland is a 29-year old tattoo artist from Suffolk who experienced depression and anorexia over a 10-year period, culminating in stays in Ipswich Hospital and The Priory. His story, and that of his family are told in the books ‘Dear Michael, Love Dad’ and ‘Out of the Madhouse’ by Iain Maitland.
Dr Nihara Krause, CEO and Founder of stem4 said: “We are incredibly lucky to have Michael join us as a stem4 ambassador with his father Iain Maitland. Michael’s determination to overcome a variety of mental ill health challenges is inspiring, and his gentle and honest style of communication is very much appreciated and admired by the young people we work with as well as their families and teachers. Iain is open and frank about his journey as a parent and his moving account endears him to his audience straightaway. I consider ourselves fortunate in having both Michael and Iain on our team and am very appreciative of their generosity in terms of time and effort.”