John and Charlie's Journey
John and Charlie's Journey
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|Birth name||John Junior|
|Born||4 October 1988|
Wilmslow, Cheshire, England
|Genres||British hip hop|
John Junior (born 4 October 1988), know as John and Charlie's Journey is a British rapper, songwriter and mental health campaigner. In November 2019 he created the movement "John and Charlie's Journey". The purpose of the movement is to raise awareness of suicide, Domestic violence|domestic abuse and Mental disorder|mental illness. The movement caught the attention of celebrities and received media coverage. John and Charlie was invited on stage by Keith Duffy and Brian McFadden during their Boyzlife concert in February 2020. After the Boyzlife concert, Tanya Bardsley approached John to create a wellness hub.
Junior was born with Klinefelter syndrome|Klienfelters Syndrome and began having mental health problems at the age of 11, when he started experiencing low mood and confusion about his gender identity.
In 2019, Junior started vlogging about his experiences of mental health issues on Instagram in order "to reach out to others with mental health difficulties".
In May 2020 his vlogs on Instagram caught the attention of UNILAD, who approached Junior to test Samaritans (charity)|Samartians self help app during mental health awareness week.
In September 2020 DBT for all campaign was created to make Dialectical behavior therapy|Dialectical Behaviour Therapy more widely available on the National Health Service|NHS throughout the United Kingdom. Supporting the campaign is Esther McVey, Conservative Party (UK)|conservative MP for Tatton, who has applied for Parliamentary system|parliamentary debate at Westminster Hall.
UNILAD approached Junior and Jack Garratt|Jack Garrett about their mental health struggles to help raise awareness for World Suicide Prevention Day|world suicide prevention day on 10th September 2020.
John and Charlie's Journey movement
On November 2019, Junior created the movement "John and Charlie's Journey". Junior travels around the United Kingdom with Charlie, a stuffed teddy duck, to encourage people to talk instead of suffering in silence due to judgement and stigma.
In July 2020, the single "inside a bpd mind", was released distributed by DistroKid which is about Junior's experiences with borderline personality disorder to raise awareness of the disorder.
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