The Zachary Geddis Break the Silence Trust (ZGBTST), a local non-profit mental health organisation, has received two nominations for ITV’s National Diversity Awards 2020.
The local charity obtained a nomination for the UK wide prestigious event which celebrates the achievements of grass-root communities that tackle issues in todays society. The National Diversity Awards marks the dedication and hard work of community heroes by showcasing their devotions to enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion.
The ZGBTST was established six months after the suicide of Zachary Geddis, a popular local man who had positively impacted many in his short life. The trust was founded by Zachary’s sister, Yasmin Geddis who, along with her Mum, Louise, and Dad, Terry, advocate for a greater awareness of mental illness within Northern Ireland and aim to decrease the stigma surrounding suicide.
Since its establishment, ZGBTST has tirelessly supported many within the community through counselling, mentoring, advocacy, legal advice, crisis intervention, and workshops, all free of charge. ZGBTST now spans two premises, with 6 campaigns and 10 volunteers. Within the next year the trust hopes to expand even further.
Even through the Coronavirus lockdown the ZGBTST continued to support the community remotely.
The trust now has weekly webinars, daily online one-to-one sessions, YouTube videos and has launched its own helpline. Its support advocates are available to collect prescriptions, provide support over the phone and also create online content allowing them to reach a greater audience throughout this time of need.
The trust itself has received a NDA nomination for the Community Organisation Award within the Multi-Strand division for its dedication to tackling the mental illness epidemic. The second NDA nomination is for Yasmin Geddis, within the Positive Role Model category for her contribution and impact within the community through her selfless work and management of ZGBTST. This is not the first time Yasmin has been recognised nationally for her work.
In October 2019, Yasmin was one of three finalists in the UK’s Most Inspirational Award at the Woman of the Year Awards in collaboration with the Lorraine Kelly Show. Yasmin was the first woman in Northern Ireland to receive such recognition for her work and is grateful that the experience provided a platform to boost ZGBTST’s message.
The next stage of the 2020 National Diversity Awards is decided through public voting after which successful finalists will be invited to a ceremony in Liverpool come September.
You can help Yasmin and ZGBTST reach the next stage by voting through visiting www.nationaldiversityawards.co.uk/nominations-home/ , searching for Northern Ireland and selecting their profiles.
Voting takes less than two minutes and must be confirmed within your emails to be counted. Voting closes on Monday 18th May and 8 finalists from each category will be notified on June 22nd.
You can follow ZGBTST journey on Facebook and Instagram @zgbtst17 or by visiting their new website www.zacharygeddisbreakthesilencetrust.org