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Liam Hackett

Founder and CEO of anti-bullying charity Ditch the Label

Liam Hackett, Founder and CEO, anti-bullying charity Ditch the Label
Liam founded an anti-bullying charity after experiencing physical and emotional bullying at school. Since then, Ditch The Label, a digital charity that provides support to young people who have been affected by bullying and prejudice, has grown rapidly into an international movement and a lifeline for thousands of young people worldwide.

Liam grew up in St Helens and after years of bullying at school which culminated in him being hospitalised Liam took to the internet to post about his experiences and a community rapidly grew. Aged 16 he became the first person under 18 to receive a grant in his local area to develop a website. Ditch, are now an international brand who have just launched in the US. Liam lives in Brighton, where Ditch the Label have their headquarters, is single and admits that his busy work life has sometimes got in the way of dating.

It Took Us Just Under Twelve Months, But We Finally Got Charity Status In The USA

<img alt="new activists" src="http://i.huffpost.com/gen/5516556/original.jpg" width="300" height="35" /> Sometimes it's hard to get my head around the fact that Ditch the Label as it is today started with just me, a laptop and my University campus bedroom. When I first started out, I definitely was of the belief that I would have an office and people on payroll within a few months. In reality, it was a cold hard slog for a few years before funders would take us seriously. We have always been disruptive of the status quo, and it took us time to evidence that what we do to combat bullying actually works.
05/10/2017 17:06 BST

Together We Can Change Society And Beat Bullying Once And For All

<img alt="new activists" src="http://i.huffpost.com/gen/5516556/original.jpg" width="300" height="35" /> At the age of 15, after years of telling the teachers and being isolated as the problem, I became publicly vocal about my experiences. I posted a bulletin on MySpace, which was the main social network at the time, to talk about my experiences. Overnight, I was inundated with other people from across the world who were either going through the same or had been through it. Today, we are now one of the largest anti-bullying charities in the world. We work globally to help thousands of young people to overcome bullying each month.
25/09/2017 08:59 BST

Two Guys Holding Hands In Public? Surely Not

Growing up as one of the only gay kids in a small northern town was tough. Little did I know at the time that the bullying I experienced at school would change the course of my entire life and would go on to create global change; helping thousands of young people to overcome bullying.
22/11/2016 12:59 GMT

The Reason Why Men Are Less Likely to Talk

What it means to be masculine is a topic of much debate and is something that has changed throughout the decades. We consistently find that young people are restricted by gender stereotypes...
22/11/2015 23:17 GMT