May Gabriel is an award-winning mental health campaigner. During her teenage years, May had several admissions into a psychiatric hospital after suffering from severe depression. At 16 she set up the It’s OK campaign, an award-winning mental health campaign that aimed to tackle the stigma around teenage depression, and at 25 she turned the campaign into It's OK, a charity with a mission of supporting young people living with mental illness.
For the past 9 years, she has been a key voice on Student and Young People’s Mental Health in the media speaking on Radio, TV and Print on the matter. She was awarded a United Nations and UK’s Young digital hero award. In 2018 she was elected as the Sussex Students’ Union Welfare Officer and represented the welfare needs of over 18,000 students.
May is LGBTQ+ and BAME and passionate about Diversity and Inclusion and has worked on the issues throughout her life. She lives in London with her partner and cat, Pippin. To find out more about her journey of setting up a charity follow her on Instagram at @itsok_may