Radio DJ from Honington who presents at RWSfm to host 24-hour show in aid of Suffolk MIND
A radio DJ, who suffered his own internal battles after the sudden death of his father, is organising a 24-hour show to raise funds for mental health charity Suffolk MIND.
Lee Graham, 33, of Honington, had a breakdown following the death of his father Ian to cancer in 2010, and has lost two friends to suicide in recent years.
He set up the Just Push Play festival in 2015, a charity rock gig held at The Apex, in Bury St Edmunds, each year in memory of Ian, and while promoting it at local radio station RWSfm he was spotted and picked to present its Friday night rock show.
Now Lee has a platform, he wants to use it by holding a 24-hour radio show, Music for Mind, on May 14, when he will discuss everything mental health with a host of special guests.
“It’s going to be a challenge, but with something this important my lack of sleep is not as important as the subject matter,” Lee said.
“A challenge isn’t a challenge if it’s easy. One night without sleep is nothing to those who cannot sleep because of their own inner turmoil.”
While Lee has found ways to cope with his own mental health since his breakdown, one of which is martial arts, he said he was organising the 24-hour show because he believed more needed to be done to tackle the ‘taboo subject’.
“I faced my own battles after losing my dad,” he said.
“I had a very bad time and I was lucky to have people around me to talk me out of it.”
He added: “Just being able to talk to people is something I am hugely passionate about, especially in men.
“Breaking down those taboos is something I want to do with the radio show.”
Ryan McClean, deputy station manager for RWSfm, said: “Lee has put an incredible amount of work into Music for Mind, working tirelessly to plan it as well as contacting guests and recording the interviews and we are very excited for the show.
"Mental health is a topic we should all be able to talk about openly and as a radio station we hold a great position to have these conversations and if we can help just one person in our local community we feel that we have done our job."
In preparation for the show, Lee has already set up interviews with John Neill, CEO of Suffolk MIND, and Sacha Campbell, from Fine Not Fine, an organisation which focuses on young people’s mental health across West Suffolk.
To sponsor the show, visit: https://giving.suffolkmind.org.uk/giving-pages/lee-graham-24-hour-radio-show-on-rwsfm-1033