Hey, I’m Georgia, also commonly known as the Self Care Queen. I’m a queer mental health and body positive advocate, who speaks, campaigns, and writes on the importance of self-care, self-love, kindness, accessibility, and LGBTQ+ rights.
At the age of 14 I was diagnosed with Anxiety, Depression and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome after struggling to fit into the "one-size-fits-all" education system. Because of a lack of awareness around mental health at the time, I felt alone and confused, and experienced suicidal thoughts. Through therapy and engaging with my creativity in community arts, I found hope and began my recovery.
Although therapy and the arts helped me find who I was again, I realised the importance of self-care for maintaining my well-being and the Self-Care Queen was born! I also began sharing my story and my recovery journey so that others who share similar experiences can feel less alone.
Today, managing my mental health with a Personality Disorder is a daily practice, but I have come so far and I'm inspired every day by the community of amazing people I've met through sharing my story.
I strive to create a world of self-acceptance, self-love and self-care, and to promote positive mental health in all aspects of society. Through workshops and talks I aim to give people the tools and confidence to support their own mental health.
I want to raise awareness of mental health issues and to break down the stigma and misconceptions people may have. By sharing my story I am aiming to advocate for myself and others. Each time I share my story I am reminding myself just how far I have come, and by being vulnerable I am strong. I am joining a community of people who not only live with a mental health condition, but who are responding too, responding to challenge the stigma.
To change the world we must first be prepared to change ourselves. I believe that we can, by listening to one another and by creating an environment where it’s okay not to be okay.
"We need the adversity we have faced in our lives to step into our wisdom and true power. If we haven’t had those challenges we wouldn’t be able to be grateful for waking up and seeing another day."
I have spoken on radio, panels and at events, including, BBC Radio London, Reprezent Radio, and Woman of the World Festival, telling my story and raising awareness about mental health, and self-care.
I regularly facilitate workshops and deliver keynote talks in academic institutions, brands, charities and organisations including University of the Arts London (UAL), Bournemouth University, Red Bull, The Diana Award, and the Southbank Centre. I also regularly speak at Mind Charity to support their staff training days, and I speak to their corporate partners to help their fundraising.
I have written articles for Happiful Magazine and I’m featured in Natasha Devon’s book A Beginner’s Guide to Being Mental.
I am passionate about encouraging under-represented people, particularly QTIPOC (Queer Trans Intersex Black People & People of Colour), to access mental health support, and also have access to the creative arts, which can be so therapeutic. I’m one of the founding members of Dope Black Queers, a community collective that sits at the intersections of Black, Queer, and Trans identity.
Body Positivity & Campaigns
I promote body positivity on my social media platforms, and through brand collaborations and modelling. I frequently model and partner with brands such as Curvy Kate and Bra Stop to promote body positivity and self-acceptance. I have collaborated on a wide variety of social media campaigns which you can learn more about here.
Theatre & Community Arts
I graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2019 with a degree in Performance and Creative Enterprise. Since then I have worked as a producer and a facilitator on theatre and community arts projects with Brixton House, Sour Lemons, Inua Ellams, Koko Brown, and Yolanda Mercy.
I specialise in working with young people between 14 and 25, and I'm passionate about increasing access to and engagement with the arts.
In 2018 I also co-founded Critics of Colour with poet and journalist Bridget Minamore, and playwright Sabrina Mahfouz, a collective for UK-based people of colour which aims to make writing about theatre, dance, and/or opera more accessible.