António Ferreira is a prolific mental health activist. A public speaker, disruptor and expert by experience.
António campaigns for anti-racism in the mental health sector and changing how the UK views and addresses mental ill-health.
As a teenager, António went through a traumatic experience of mental illness. He was diagnosed with 'Undifferentiated Schizophrenia' and 'Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder'.
António passionately believes in turning his lemons into lemonade.
As well as now studying Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Essex, António speaks professionally as an expert through lived experience in the private and public sector.
António recently advised EastEnders on a schizophrenia storyline, offering his lived experience to accurately portray the storyline of a young black man with schizophrenia. He and his work have appeared on the BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, and other platforms.
Please get in touch if you're looking for someone to speak openly and passionately about their lived experience of mental ill-health, either at a workshop, conference, or other events. Or if you would enjoy António's input on a media initiative.
"In my world, young and black people with mental health problems are treated fairly and equally and no longer discriminated against." -António Ferreira
"António had a traumatic experience when he was a teenager but speaks openly, honestly and engagingly about what happened and the impact it had on him... I would actively encourage anyone looking to hear from young people with mental health problems to listen to António, both to learn from his experience and to realise that, with support, life can improve." -Michael Buchanan, Social Affairs Correspondent, BBC News.
"António has experienced a lot of pain and has transformed these experiences into something beautiful, that can inspire others.
Today, António stands before you a person of integrity and I’m excited for what the future holds for a special young man." -Troy Norbert, Youth Engagement Lead, Partnership for Young London.