Rooted in the North East of England, Ruth Jackson works mostly in the third sector. Recent projects include working with Hartlepool and East Durham Mind to co-design and secure funding for a completely non-medicalised mental health and wellbeing initiative, maximising the skills and experience of peers and those with lived experience and using mutual aid models to grow capacity through COVID-19. In other work, she has been challenging the current support systems for differently-abled young people leaving care and been central to designing a new living and learning centre offering person-centred, trauma-informed support toward independence, and is active in the creation of a new wellbeing strategy for small businesses across Durham, nurturing a more human approach to wellbeing that enables friends and colleagues to support one another rather than directing people to medical services. She is part of the movement for positive change and social justice, particularly in relation to ‘mental health’, finding answers in social and trauma-based understanding, peer support and mutual aid. Ruth believes in the importance of love, kindness, humanity and creativity.