Wigan man with mental health needs goes live

A man from Wigan who has mental health needs has been entertaining the nation, thanks to LDOK.net, an inclusive online radio station.

Keith Ellinson, who’s originally from Liverpool, is supported by Alternative Futures Group (AFG) at Fir Trees independent hospital in Wigan.

Keith and a number of other people who AFG supports has been given the opportunity to host the show which has 35,000 people tuning in every month.

Keith said: “I really enjoyed being a DJ for the day. It was great to be able to tell people about my recovery and how AFG has helped me on my journey.

“I hope the listeners enjoyed my special mix of music, selected by the people who support me and my friends at Fir Trees.

“I write song lyrics and poetry; music is my obsession and I love to sing along, especially at the karaoke nights in the local pubs in Wigan.  I have a collection of nearly 6,000 albums.  I am an aspiring DJ and make my own House and Techno tracks on my computer so to present on LDOK.net was a great day for me.

“After two and half years I’m now ready to move back into the community and I’m now looking for my own home.”

Carol Toner, Community Service Director at AFG said: “By talking about his road to recovery, Keith, like all the presenters from AFG, has hopefully helped to challenge the stigma of mental health

“We’re currently helping Keith find a suitable supported housing scheme in the community. He has proved how lives can be turned around and what can be achieved.”

‘SURFing the Airwaves’ is broadcast at 11am on every second Monday of the month on www.ldok.net.

Keith challenges mental health stigma on air

Keith challenges mental health stigma on air