Darren Gough



Darren Gough, the founder of Island23, is a Community Management specialist with over 15 years of experience building safe, scalable communities. Island23 supports the National Health Service (NHS), Public Health England (PHE) and the London Mayor’s Office to deliver their Good Thinking mental health initiative.

Good Thinking is working with local, national and global communities to build NHS approved mental health advice, training, and support for both the Community Managers and their community members.

Darren was the first Community Manager at Martin Lewis’ MoneySavingExpert.com, a community grown from a standing start to 1.8 million highly active members. Darren is former Director of Community at FeverBee, supporting global blue-chip household build and grow their online communities.

Mental Health and Wellbeing in Online Communities

Community Management is one of the fastest-growing and valuable roles within organisations, but it also has one of the highest rates of burnout and associated mental health support needs.

In this session, we will examine some of the main challenges faced by Community Managers, and consider the impact Technostress has on the wellbeing of both the Community Manager and the community members.

We will discuss how our work has supported the mental health needs of 250,000 Londoners in 18 months, and the metric mental shift of changing a single person’s life.


Twitter: @Darren_Gough

LinkedIn: /dpgough

Website: www.island23.co.uk

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