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Prime Minister’s award for mental health campaign

03 November 2020

Shantanu Kundu (2018) has received a Points of Light award from the Prime Minister in recognition of his mental health campaign.

Ahead of World Mental Health Day in October, Shantanu received a letter from Boris Johnson praising his Be Free Campaign for transforming attitudes towards mental health and showing the world it's okay not to feel okay.

Shantanu founded the Be Free Campaign, a registered charity that is funded by The National Lottery, to reduce the stigma around mental health, promote wellbeing and improve mental health outcomes. The charity delivers talks and workshops in schools, universities, and community centres around the North West and the Midlands.

Shantanu, who is a medical student at the University of Liverpool, said: "It has been the honour of my life to have received this award and thanks from the Prime Minister. Especially during these times, mental health issues have become highly prevalent.

"I am overwhelmed by the amount of support that this charity has received from communities and the government. I would like to thank my team, without whom none of this would have been possible. I never thought my actions or work had warranted such kindness from the Prime Minister, but I am truly humbled and honoured to be recognised for my work. Mental health is important, you are never alone, speak up and get help."

Earlier this year Shantanu was named in The Diana Award Roll of Honour 2020 for making a positive contribution to society.

Find out more about the Be Free Campaign.