A Crawley man has been recognised for his work to inspire people with mental health conditions.
Kai Moore, 20, was among the winners of the national Mental Health Hero Awards.
The awards recognise people who have done extraordinary things to help, support or inspire people with mental health conditions.
Kai, a former Youth MP for West Sussex, was the overall winner for the South East Region and was one of ten regional winners.
He said: “I am so amazed and thankful to have been nominated, let alone to have been a winner.
“I am so grateful for all of the help and support I have received over the years from all of the people and organisations I’ve had contact with and I hope that the campaign and all other work in this area are carried on for years to come.
“There is still a lot of work to be done in mental health services and I am just so happy to be able to say I have been a part of it.”
Kai, now a student at the University of Reading, founded the Free Your Mind campaign two years ago, with support from West Sussex County Council’s Young People’s Service. The campaign focused on confronting the stigma and challenges associated with young people’s mental health.
Cllr Peter Evans, county council Cabinet Member for Children-Start of Life, said: “I am delighted that Kai’s hard work and dedication has been rewarded in this way.
The awards were handed out by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg at a reception in Whitehall on February 5 as part of ‘Time To Talk’ Day.
The day encourages people to take five minutes out of their day to talk about mental health and help bring it out of the shadows.
In his speech at the ceremony, Nick Clegg said: “I’ve been overwhelmed by the huge number of responses we’ve had for these awards and the incredible work going on to help other people in their darkest hours.
“Every single one of them is helping us win the fight to tackle the stigma and prejudice around mental health and build a fairer society where no one has to suffer in silence.
“In my eyes they are all winners. Days like this are a reminder of the progress we have made in raising awareness of mental health, but we still have a long way to go.
“Today, we can all make a difference by giving just five minutes for Time to Talk Day and speaking out about mental health. It may be minutes to you but could make a world of difference for someone else.”