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Katie Buckingham

"My time at the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy taught me that anything is possible. It gave me the confidence to pursue my passion and start a business."

Katie Buckingham has been campaigning to raise awareness of mental health since she was just 17. Having always shown a flair for entrepreneurship, selling paintings to family members when she was eight and sweets to peers at secondary school, Katie decided to sign up to the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy in 2012. There, she set up Altruist Enterprises, a company that provides training courses to organisations to help them prevent and identify stress in the workplace and offer the correct support to those affected. 

Since graduating, Katie received a catalogue of awards and has worked with various high-profile organisations, such as Natwest and Solihull Council. In 2014, she was invited to the prestigious Women of the Year Lunch in recognition of her excellent work.

Katie says: “Stress in the workplace is still a taboo and this desperately needs to change. We strive to build resilience and encourage positive action to prevent instances of work-related illness. We then equip managers with the right knowledge to spot the early signs of stress, as well as showing them how to approach the subject and provide the correct initial help, before signposting the right support from there. This is not just vital for the individual concerned, but for the company as well, when you consider the costs that poorly managed problems of this nature can incur.

“I started the company because I want to live in a world where mental health is viewed in the same way as physical health. I want us to be the go-to company for all workplace stress-related issues. My time at the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy taught me that anything is possible. It gave me the confidence to pursue my passion and start a business.” 

Katie blogs regularly for the Huffington Post and recently brought together a panel of experts to discuss tackling stress in the workplace as part of an online video campaign.

Click here to visit Katie’s company website.