Chukumeka Maxwell - Founder of Action to Prevent Suicide
Chukumeka is a hugely inspiring changemaker, with a strong awareness of identity and a clear vision for positive social change. His own journey into social work has taken him through a range of challenges and experiences and allowed a strong sense of engagement with the social and the spiritual to emerge. He is a tremendously dynamic and enthralling speaker and practitioner, and his vision aligns closely with that of ThoughtBox - to encourage conversation and connection.
Chukumeka Maxwell (Aka Chukes) is the founder of Action To Prevent Suicide CIC -a Devon based non-profit dedicated to raising funds for community-based programs focused on suicide prevention.
Born in London, to African and Caribbean parents, Chukumeka’s family emigrated back to Nigeria in 1965 but Chukumeka was then evacuated to the UK in 1967 as a refugee from the Biafran civil war. He has have also lived in Jamaica and Belize.
Chukumeka has had a very eclectic working life, from training in the hotel industry after school to opening an award-winning delicatessen and later his own catering company; then re-training as a holistic Deep Tissue massage therapist and later as a registered Social worker. (He also studied esoteric philosophy, was a volunteer probationary Christian-Buddhist Monk, worked as an assistant paramedic for the ambulance service, and has been a Criminal Drugs support worker and a Quaker prison Chaplain. Phew!)
A part-time lecturer at the University of Plymouth, Chukumeka is a suicide prevention trainer specialising in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trainer (ASIST) and SafeTalk as developed by LivingWorks. He is a trainer, consultant and wellbeing practitioner of Orchid community &Associates underpinned by the teachings of Christian and Buddhist psychology.
Action To Prevent Suicide CIC is committed to making Devon a suicide-safer community by helping to increase knowledge, debate and action on preventing suicide – whether that be within the South West, nationally or even globally. The idea is inspired by LivingWorks – an international organisation based in Canada.
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