Just because individuals can't see a way forward, doesn't mean it's not there. Sometimes they just need encouraging, inspiring and a helping hand.
I speak very candidly about my depression, the underlying causes, my attempts to take my own life and my (in my view) miraculous recovery and transformation thanks to my counsellor all those years ago. That still amazes and humbles me.
Of course, everyone’s experience is unique and, for many, depression is something that’s managed on a daily basis. My reason for speaking about my experiences is simply because I want others to avoid, wherever possible, what I experienced. I’d like them to also see and hear that there is, I am, living proof that recovery is possible; helping hands do exist.
I speak very openly too about my professional experiences; my career, its challenges, setbacks and successes, my life choices, ‘light bulb’ moments, and ‘hints and tips’ for not only surviving in demanding, highly pressurised, dynamic environments and today’s time-poor world, but thriving, flourishing, achieving and being successful. I also speak as a mental health champion, coach and activist to organisations, employee/student resource groups and any interested parties, to raise disability and mental health confidence to individuals, businesses, the workplace and education facilities.