Ramone has always been concerned about the emotional wellbeing of others, and from an early age was tuned into his own forever-changing emotional state. Growing up he considered this a weakness – and then, when he stumbled across the concept of mental health and conditions such as depression, he despised it even more so. However, he became immersed in the mental health world, and through the counsel of others he was shown that his experiences could actually be used for the benefit of others.
This has led Ramone to his current role as a peer researcher, where he is passionate about understanding the nuances involved in achieving functionality in the midst of hardship. As part of Ramone’s peer research for the Shifting the Dial programme, he co-authored a Centre for Mental Health publication – a guide for schools to help young black men thrive.