Welcoming Laura Nelson as a Big Orange Heart (formerly WP&UP) Trustee

We are absolutely delighted to welcome Laura Nelson to the WP&UP Board of Trustees.

The work WP&UP are doing within our community is absolutely crucial in safeguarding the future of it. Mental illness is on the rise, and the fact that we all work in the digital industry leaves us more susceptible to experiencing a mental health issue.

Laura Nelson, Trustee, WP&UP

Laura has spoken openly about her personal challenges with mental health and her talks at any WordCamp, reach something in many of us, her passion for the WordPress community shines through in everything she does.

Her talk at WordCamp Europe 2018‘Easing the anxious mind: dealing with anxiety in the workplace’ closely aligns with the mission of WP&UP to support and promote positive mental health within the WordPress community. You can also catch other talks she has given on WordPress.tv and undoubtedly there will be many more in the future.

Laura Nelson

As someone who has a generalised anxiety disorder, I am all too aware of how issues like these can impact us personally and professionally. But times are changing. The stigma around being open about your mental health is diminishing. More of us are talking about it and, most importantly, more people are listening.

When I first heard about WP&UP, I was so pleased that this topic was finally being formally addressed in our wonderful community. It’s been absolutely incredible to see the positive response the team have received, and how so many more individuals have been inspired to share their own mental health stories. I’m really humbled and proud to be joining the WP&UP team, and am looking forward to help share the #PressForward message even further.

Laura Nelson, Trustee, WP&UP

I spoke with Dan Maby, WP&UP CEO and had the following to say:

I’m very excited to have Laura join the WP&UP team, her openness and willingness to talk about mental health within our community is commendable. She brings a strong set of skills to the Board of Trustees and is already having a positive impact within the team.

Dan Maby, CEO, WP&UP

These are exciting times for WP&UP with several, equally great, announcements to come in the following weeks.

Remember… together we can #PressForward 🧡

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