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Michelle Beckett

Founder and CEO of ADHD Action, Mental Health Campaigner, Advocate

Michelle is an advocate and campaigner for ADHD and mental health issues. ADHD Action is a new national charity started by Michelle to raise awareness, fight stigma and lobby for much needed provision changes. Michelle was diagnosed privately early in 2017, after ADHD nearly claimed her life through suicide. The diagnosis and subsequent treatment transformed her life. She has since been appalled at the lack of understanding and support surrounding the condition across all aspects of society, even amongst medical professionals. In the first few weeks of ADHD Action, Michelle lobbied enough MPs to form the first All Party Parliamentary Group to address issues for both adults and children with ADHD, which launched in January 2018, and is already making an impact. Michelle has a background in the not- for-profit sector and is an international speaker, consultant and member of several boards. She lives in Harrogate with her partner, three daughters and two step-daughters.
The Power Of Purpose: Delivering More Social Impact To Communities Through Tech For

The Power Of Purpose: Delivering More Social Impact To Communities Through Tech For Good

<img alt="tech for good" src="http://i.huffpost.com/gen/4343170/original.jpg" width="300" height="35" /> The key thing I noticed was that once a volunteer gave a bit of time to a cause, they generally then started to give money, or bring their networks in to help, to fundraise, and give other stuff. I dreamt of a technology platform that would bring all that under one roof to facilitate what I was currently doing, patchily, by phone and email.
30/12/2016 16:05 GMT
Five Ways To Open Doors Using

Five Ways To Open Doors Using LinkedIn

Now you have your dream list and you've found them on advanced search and groups - what next? Be bold. Introduce yourself. Send them a connection request, comment on their group discussion... I'm not a huge fan of cheesy quotes, but this one has always resonated with me: "Doors will be opened to those bold enough to knock."
10/03/2015 00:58 GMT
Why My Heathen Kids Need a Religious

Why My Heathen Kids Need a Religious Education

I would like my children to have an understanding of different religious worldviews, and in turn, I want other kids of all faiths to understand theirs, and how it shapes the choices and decisions they make in life.
09/02/2015 17:22 GMT
About Time: The Day I Left My

About Time: The Day I Left My Daughter

About fifteen minutes ago (so it feels like, but according to records it was September 1992) I landed at Lancaster University as a fresher. I can still see it as a film, smell the cleaning fluid corridors, taste the tears, terrified in my bare room, burying into my cuddly panda for comfort. Time to be an adult.
10/10/2014 12:20 BST
Five Reasons Why You Are Wrong to Criticise

Five Reasons Why You Are Wrong to Criticise #nomakeupselfie

This morning, pre morning Yorkshire cuppa & in my PJs, I uploaded my bare face to Facebook. Despite my timeline being peppered with contemptuous comments that everyone who takes part is a lazy 'slacktivist', yes, I jumped on the #nomakeupselfie social media bandwagon. Why? Several reasons.
21/03/2014 11:53 GMT
Ten Ways to Get Your Creative Juices

Ten Ways to Get Your Creative Juices Flowing

5am. I am suddenly awake, bolt upright. A strange feeling. I had to get up NOW and do it. I knew I couldn't do anything else until I did. I needed to WRITE. The creative juices that I long to flow when I want them to were bursting through a dam of their own accord.
03/06/2013 22:40 BST
Homeopathy - Most of Us Are Ignorant and It Certainly Isn't

Homeopathy - Most of Us Are Ignorant and It Certainly Isn't Bliss

Although I remain sceptical about some herbal treatments, some have been scientifically proven to have bio-active properties and effects on the human body in double blind trials. St. John's Wort, to give one example. Aspirin was originally from willow bark, wasn't it?
24/02/2013 21:51 GMT