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Tanya Marwaha

Multi-Award winning Lived Experience Mental Health, Suicide and Disability Speaker and Cultural Competency Educator


Tanya is the Founder of Championing Youth Minds and pioneer for youth mental health. Struggling with mental health challenges due to long-term disabilities, Fibromyalgia, and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Tanya is a passionate advocate for mental health and disability education, especially within the South Asian community.

Her unique insights focus on educating workplaces and educational institutions about cultural competency and its relationship with other intersectional identities such as mental health, suicide, disability, race and gender.

As a suicide survivor, she shares her story passionately and has been an important force in the UK’s largest suicide prevention initiative Baton of Hope UK. Tanya's impactful journey has taken her to global platforms, including speaking engagements at the University of Michigan, TEDxUniversity of Sussex and The Economist's Innovation@Work.

Her accolades include the Diana Award 2023, a Points of Light winner awarded by the Prime Minister, a finalist at the National Diversity Awards 2022, and recognition as GenZ Founder of the Year 2021.

Key Topics

1. Understanding cultural competency and its importance - exploring the concept of cultural competency and its interactions with other identities such as: gender, race, neurodiversity, age and disability.

2. From the doctor’s office to the stage - sharing her inspirational journey to become a global pioneer for intersectionality, mental health, suicide, disability and cultural competency.

"Tanya was invited as a guest speaker for the Women in Leadership Empowerment Conference at the University of Leeds. I cannot thank her enough for the lasting impact she has left on the individuals within our society. Her message was powerful and is often mentioned as one of the highlights for many students who attended the conference." - Ruth Abalo, Head of EMEA @ BLK Capital Management


Tanya Marwaha

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