Andrew Gordon is a Labour councillor for Basildon in Essex. He has experienced mental health problems since the age of fifteen. While still undergoing intensive psychotherapy, he put himself forward to be selected for a council seat in Basildon.
In May 2011, at 18, Andrew won the election and became one of the youngest councillors in the country. He was still living with his parents and still under the care of the community Mental health team. The turning point for him was being able to embrace his experience of having mental health problems, and being a young person. He uses his own lived experiences to put forward arguments and challenge decisions.
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