I’m a purpose-driven optimist dedicated to sharing my story, my experiences with Bipolar Disorder & to keep more men alive by talking. I speak, I write, I do things like running 1250 miles from Rome To Home.
Because 12 guys under the age of 45 take their own life every single day in the UK and I want to play my part in doing something about it.
1) To share my story – from my full blown manic episode in Italy in 2012 and the crippling depression that followed, to what it’s taken to get back to the positive place you find me in today. By doing so I hope I’ve played my part to normalise the conversation surrounding mental health issues, to give hope to others suffering out there, to thank all the incredible people who have supported me over the past 5 years, and above all else to encourage others (particularly guys) to speak up when they’re struggling the most.
2) To raise £12,000 and a ton of awareness for CALM (the Campaign Against Living Miserably) – one of the UK’s most innovative charities dedicated to keeping men alive by talking!
3) To take on an amazing adventure challenge – to push my boundaries, test my limits, self-medicate (channeling my expendable energy in to this positive external challenge) and perhaps inspire a few others to take on an adventure of their own.
I also dedicating the Alps stage to Snow-Camp who have been changing the lives of inner-city young people with snowsports since 2003. It’s been a privilege to have been part of this incredible charity for over 5 years and without their support this adventure wouldn’t be possible!
This adventure simply wouldn’t have been possible without the love & support of so many incredible individuals who rallied around me, supported me at my darkest times and made me laugh when I needed a lift. If you’re reading these words I want you to know how much I appreciate you, your support & your kindness and for joining me throughout this crazy little adventure.
Thank you for your kind & generous donations. Please do get in touch on social media or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For all media enquiries please email Mieke Voets & Neil Wood at email@example.com & Neilwood@thecalmzone.net. Love to you all!