We are excited to announce that Liverpool based stand-up comedian and writer, Jake Mills, has become our first ever Patron. It comes shortly after Jake hosted our first ever Breaking Barriers conference in March 2018.

Jake made attendees laugh and cry with his emotional and personal insight into mental health; he connected with the crowd as he told light-hearted jokes mixed with raw and emotive stories about his own journey with depression.

He says: "I am very honoured and excited to become a Patron of Advocacy Focus. The work that they do is absolutely vital in the community, giving a voice to those who need it the most. I am a firm believer in the importance of standing up for others, especially those who may not be able to stand up for themselves or have their voices heard. All the staff and volunteers associated with Advocacy Focus share that belief and are passionate about the community they help."

Jake is the founder of his own mental health charity, Chasing the Stigma, and is an influential figure in campaigning for fairness and awareness on mental health issues. He has also recently set up the Hub of Hope, an app that connects people to local mental health services.

We are very excited to have Jake on board and can’t wait to see what our new relationship will bring.

What is a Patron? A Patron is someone who agrees to lend their name to a charity as a way of supporting them and helping them to raise their profile.