Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England will be once again marching at Pride in London after making its debut in 2018.
The 50th anniversary of the Pride movement will see over a million people marching through central London to campaign for freedoms and equality.
Marching with MHFA England will be former Hollyoaks star Jazmine Franks, The Only Way is Essex stars Demi Sims and Harry Derbidge, Pineapple Dance Studios star Dean Rowland, and fashion, beauty, body positivity and mental health influencer Lottie L'Amour.
Have you heard, MHFA England will be marching at #PrideInLondon on 6th July! 🥳 Here are some of our special guests who'll be joining us! 🌈https://t.co/8sve6zpPdy #TalkingWithPride #MHFAPride2019 pic.twitter.com/NCk5ttE1dL— Mental Health First Aid England (@MHFAEngland) June 24, 2019
They will be joining friends of MHFA England, staff, and instructor members to come together and steer a float through central London on Saturday 6th July.
Simon Blake OBE, Chief Executive of MHFA England said:
"People from across LGBTQ+ communities experience inequalities in mental health. This is a direct result of oppression, prejudice and stigma. In short, it doesn’t have to be this way.
"As a gay man and CEO of MHFA England I am determined this must change and that we will play our part in eliminating inequalities. That is why it is so important that MHFA England is taking part in Pride in London again this year."
Recent research shows that over half of LGBTQ+ people have experienced depression in the last year, with a number of charities recently calling for improvements in support and treatment.
Pride in London presents and important opportunity to place a spotlight on the issue and as Pride Month gets underway, the MHFA England central team will be taking part in events to celebrate 50 years of the Pride movement.
Follow us on social media @MHFAEngland for all the latest on our Pride Month activities and find out more about why we marched at last year’s Pride on our Community Blog.