Leeds man who set up mental health page falls foul of Australian company in copyright dispute

A Leeds man who set up a page aiming to improve people's mental health during lockdown has had his page shut down - after running into a copyright dispute from Australia.

Thursday, 25th February 2021, 5:17 pm
Billy White had to delete his page

Leeds man Christian White ran a mental health page called R U OK UK, but the page has been closed down due to Australian company R U OK having trademarked the name already.

It means that Christian could not legally use the name and had to shut down his page.

The page was set up in the first lockdown by Christian with the aim to help people suffering mentally by offering a messaging service to help those who don’t feel comfortable talking face to face or over the phone.

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Now the page has been relaunched as Just a Chat

“Christian started the page in the first lockdown. He said: "After suffering with mental health for many years. I found the best way for me to open up and receive help was talking on messages, I realised this also could help many others so wanted to offer my advice to help those”

“It now means I will have to delete all content I have for the page as well as get rid of all the posters and face masks and jumpers I have just ordered as I am going to either remove the page all together or totally rebrand it”.

He said £500 was spent on posters, flyers, masks and jumpers for the campaign which will now all be thrown away.

In response, Christian has recently set up a new page called JUST A CHAT which has taken over R U OK UK to offer a messaging service for those suffering with mental health issues. In addition, a Go Fund Me page has been set up to help with the re-branding.

If you would like to help Christian, you can find the Go Fund Me page at https://gofund.me/7c935746