JOEE NASH will be making waves in Felpham for mental health.
Joee has organised a sponsored swim in aid of a charity which helps people who have experienced mental health problems.
The event will take place from 11am on January 28 at the Arun Leisure Centre.
It will see Joee complete 200 lengths of the 25m main pool. His friend, Nathan Hall, will tackle 50 length and another long-time friend, Callum Miller, is set to complete 100 lengths.
They hope to raise at least £500 for the Capital Project Trust, based in Sudley Road, Bognor Regis.
Town resident Joee, 28, said it was important to recognise a person’s mental health was as equally important as their physical health.
“I have experienced mental health problems pretty much all my adulthood, since I was about 18.
“I’ve had anxiety, depression, loneliness, and a recent relationship breakdown sent me into my worst depression ever. That led me to make a video and put it online.
“I spoke about my experiences and it got a lot of feedback and a lot of people shared my message and got in touch with me.”
The response has led Joee to set up his Guardian Angel group. He is working on the project full-time with the goal of achieving charitable status and to help people whose lives are affected by poor mental health.
“It’s important people talk about mental health,” he said. “It does not discriminate and extends across every group and every age.
“There is such a big stigma around it still. I want to blow that wide open and totally change that.”
Sponsor forms for the swim can be found at Cinderella’s Laundry, Arun Leisure Centre and Legends Health and Fitness. The swim will be the end of a 12 week fitness drive which Joee and Nathan, 28, have been undertaking for the Capital Project Trust.
Its chief executive, Claire Ockwell, said: “The trust is unique in West Sussex, being run by and for people who experience mental health issues.
“It offers training and mutual support to over 300 patients living in the community across the county as well as offering peer support to over 1,000 hospital inpatients each year.”
Details about Guardian Angel can be seen at: facebook.com/GA@GAFaceB