My name is Kieran Jones, and whilst I run a very successful web hosting and managed IT company, in my spare time my passion is the human condition, psychology, mental health, and the environment.
When it comes to mental health, I have seen first hand the impact that a lack of psychological and emotional support can have, particularly with children, teenagers, and young adults. I have also experienced for myself first hand the impact that poor mental health has and how desperately lonely it can be, and how positive therapeutic input can be.
I strongly feel that people up and down the country, young and older, are persistently let down by the level of mental health support provided by services such as the NHS, and in particular CAMHS. I think that the social care system is critically lacking in mental health understanding, and I truly feel that this woeful under provision is quite literally costing lives. I hope to return to education in Psychology and ultimately dedicate some of my time to helping those who are otherwise being let down by the few services available to them.
My determination to help those in need of support is driven by my strong sense of social justice. I fight for what is right, whether it’s some social injustice, an international human rights issue, the environment, or particularly the realms of accessing mental health for young people. Ultimately, everyone deserves justice, no matter the issue.
Beyond those longer term plans, I hope that in the meantime my expertise in technology as well as psychology will allow me to bridge the divide a little and provide some guidance and advice on how technology and mental health collide and how to navigate that minefield, particularly with regard to children and young people. The internet can be a scary and dangerous place, but more often than not it’s a lot more scary to parents than children and an over reaction is not always a healthy one. We all know a parent who only lets their children use the internet or their mobile for 10 minutes a day and only in the middle of the living room or hall way under supervision.
So, that’s me. Let me finish with a favourite but mind bending quote about our desire for happiness and fulfilment.
The desire for more positive experience is itself a negative experience. And, paradoxically, the acceptance of one’s negative experience is itself a positive experience.The Subtle art of not giving a f*CK, Mark Manson