Space trip winner speaks out about mental health issues

A 24-year-old man from Essex has won a trip to space – with the most amazing speech about mental health.

Hussain Manawer got a standing ovation after delivering his talk at the One Young World competition ceremony in Bangkok.

He dedicated the planned trip to “every single person who has suffered from mental health”.

He told Metro.co.uk: “Never in my life would I think something like this would have been obtainable. Hard work with more hard work sprinkled with passion and love can really take you out of this world.

“It is now exceptionally important and vital for me to use this platform for the greater good of mankind, the world and humanity.”

His moving speech about living with mental illness helped him beat entrants from 90 different countries to win the amazing top prize.

It all started when Hussain submitted an audition tape after spotting the competition on Twitter.

His friends and family then joined a social media campaign using the hashtag #sendhussaintospace.

Hussain had to go through four rounds of speeches before making it to the final.

His impressive speeches, plus his work giving anti-bullying talks to schoolchildren, his budding media company, and the thousands of pounds he raised for charity by climbing Mt Kilimanjaro, all went in his favour.

In 2018 he will travel 62 miles above sea level to the area between the Earth’s atmosphere and outer space where there is no gravity.

Speaking after his win was announced, he said his family still cannot believe he is going and his dad, who owns a curry house in Ilford, even started giving out free food in celebration.

He added: “This spaceship, I want to dedicate this to every single person who has suffered from mental health, every young boy, girl, man, woman who sits in their bedroom crying and you don’t know why, everyone who avoids mirrors because you don’t like what you look like.

“I want to tell you, if you are suffering from mental health it is absolutely fine. Welcome to the club, there are seven billion of us.”

 

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