Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Meet the faces behind #DSIS!

Don’t Suffer in Silence is a voluntary, non-profit campaign. As you are aware, mental health can affect individuals in different ways, so we asked the team exactly why they wanted to get involved…

Marcus Tisson | Founder

img_8349Why did you choose to create #DSIS?

“Losing my mum to suicide back in August 2016 was a real eye-opener to me about mental illnesses. She spoke to no one about the way she was feeling and obviously felt that her only option was to end her own life. Neither myself or my family had any idea that she was suffering from depression, if only she would have spoken out about the way she was feeling we would have listened, we would have helped her, but instead she suffered alone and in silence.

I created Don’t Suffer in Silence to raise awareness of mental illnesses and to encourage people to come forward if they’re feeling low. Suicide is preventable, and those choose to end their life often feel as though they have no one to turn to. No individual should have to feel like suicide is their only option, and no family should have to lose a loved one under those circumstances like mine.

By organising events to raise money for UK mental health charities and spreading awareness, Don’t Suffer in Silence aim to build the bridge between mental illness and mental wellness.”

Aside from your work for #DSIS, what do you do?

“I’m a teach speech, language and literacy at a secondary school. Aside from focusing on the #DSIS campaign outside of work, I also film comedy sketches and host club events.” You can follow Marcus on Facebook by clicking here

What are your future aspirations for #DSIS?

“My long-term goal for the campaign is to raise as much awareness of mental illnesses nationwide and for Don’t Suffer in Silence to hopefully reach an international audience. As mentioned before, I don’t want any family to have to go through what mine have and I want everyone who is battling against mental health illnesses to know that they are not alone.

Together, myself and the rest of the #DSIS team want to raise as much money for mental health charities as we possibly can, including Mind, Samaritans and S.O.B.S (Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide). In the future, I’d like Don’t Suffer in Silence to become a charity itself so we can continue to help all those who are affected by mental disorders.”

Want to know more about our founder’s story? Click here…

Carly Balfourth | Co-founder

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“I chose to get involved with Don’t Suffer in Silence because I’ve always had an interest in mental health awareness from a young age. I’ve always been someone who loves to help people and wants to care for everyone. Throughout my life, I’ve helped numerous people during bad periods of their life over the years.  I’ve known Marcus and his family for a long time, and hearing the news of his mum’s suicide was devastating.

Having recently completed my mental health first training through my workplace, I know how hard it can be when you’re living with mental health issues, especially if you feel like you’re alone. I want to help make a difference to people’s lives and help them see the light at the end of the tunnel. Marcus’s story just goes to show that there are so many people out there who are suffering in silence.”

Aside from your work for #DSIS, what do you do?

“I work in the construction industry as a project secretary and a mental health ambassador.”

Have you had any experiences with mental illnesses?

“I personally suffer from anxiety and depression, so I can relate to what people are going through and I can use my personal experience of battling with mental illnesses to help others.”

Stuart Finlay | Events Co-ordinator


Why did you choose to get involved with #DSIS?

“I got involved with Don’t Suffer in Silence because  I believe that we need to do more to spread awareness of depression and other mental health disorders and raise funds to get people the help and support they need.”

Aside from your work for #DSIS, what do you do?

“I’m currently a development manager for a national food and beverage group.”

What are your future aspirations for #DSIS?

“My aim for our UK mental health campaign is to spread the word about mental illnesses and encourage people who are suffering from depression and other mental health disorders not to remain in the dark. By raising funds to provide the help and support needed, we want to encourage people not to be ashamed or embarrassed to talk about their problems.

This is a project that I want to become an international success enabling us to help people all over the world.”

 Sophie Maton | Marketing Executive

img_8348Why did you choose to get involved with #DSIS?

“Back in December 2016 I interviewed Marcus on a radio station where he told me about his new UK mental health campaign, Don’t Suffer in Silence. His story struck a nerve with me – I had lost my uncle to suicide back in 2012. Like Marcus and his family, none of us had the slightest idea what my uncle was going though. He was always the life of the party, full of laughter and cracking jokes every time I saw him; the last person I expected to take their own life.

When my mum broke the news to me about her twin brother’s death, I was in denial. I barely spoke to anyone about it and tried to contain my emotions – I felt that if I didn’t speak about it the pain would go away, but it didn’t. After meeting Marcus I realised that staying under a rock isn’t a coping mechanism, that I should speak out and encourage people to let their voices be heard.

Marcus has inspired me to speak out. By getting involved with #DSIS I hope we can do the same for others too.”

Aside from your work for #DSIS, what do you do?

“After graduating with a degree in creative writing back in 2015, I’ve been working in the PR and marketing industry as well as blogging and feature writing for a national charity on a regular basis.”

Have you had any experiences with mental illnesses?

“Since I was a teenager I’ve suffered from manic depression as do several members of my family and I too have lost someone to suicide. That has made me realsie that life’s too short and each day should be lived to its fullest – you never know what’s around the corner.”

Sharon Street | Team Member

Why did you choose tsharono get involved with #DSIS?

“I chose to get involved with Don’t Suffer in Silence because I too have had personal experiences suffering from mental health issues.  I know how isolated it feels to not be supported or valued by others. Don’t Suffer in Silence is a great campaign that I want to support to help raise more awareness about mental illnesses are not spoken about enough. By getting involved in Don’t Suffer in Silence,  I have learnt that there are people out there who are willing to help and give advice to those who need it  –  something that I’d like to do too. Throughout my life I have always tried to show my support to people who were going through a rough time and giving them advice, something I wish to bring to this mental health awareness campaign.”

Have you had any experiences with mental illnesses?

“As mentioned before, I’ve always struggled with my mental health and as a result felt so alone.  Since I have been involved with DSIS I’ve felt more relaxed and comfortable speaking to people who can relate to me. Thanks to the support from my family and friends, I can battle against my mental health issues, taking each day as it comes. Don’t Suffer in Silence has made me feel a lot happier in myself and I look forward to sharing my experience and helping others.”