Ihad a promising career as an engineer in the Royal Air Force, I was good at my job, I loved what I did, and I was in it for the long haul.
However, life (as it often does), had other plans and after a tough tour in Afghanistan in 2011 I developed Post traumatic Stress Disorder and severe depression. My life fell apart around me and my health continued to decline. I pushed everyone around me away until I felt completely alone, I was angry, bitter and incredibly low. I began suffering psychotic episodes and many times, I felt on the verge of ending my life.
That’s when I knew I had a decision to make, I could end it all now or get up and fight for my health & happiness. I decided to fight and take action, a decision which would go on to change my life beyond all recognition. After years of therapy, multiple medications and hundreds of hours invested into my personal development and recovery things didn’t just improve, I was a completely different person.
I got to a point where I was 90% symptom free from PTSD and depression, I loved life, I was happier than I’d ever been and was achieving things I never thought were possible. My career in the RAF was now over and I was working an unfulfilling job in IT, I knew that I could offer more to the world. I published my book ‘From the bottom of the barrel’ in early 2019 and was blwon away by its reception. This fueled my desire to end the toxic stigma around mental health and show people suffering that they are not alone and they can make it through.
That’s why I qualified in coaching and chose to specialise in mental health, so I could help others defeat their demons and turn their lives around as well. The more work I did in mental health the more people would approach me who felt they had nowhere else to turn. One day at work, the point came where I found myself having a conversation with someone that would stop them from ending their life, that person told me they wouldn’t have said anything if I hadn’t of bene so open about my past issues.
I realised that this one person wasn’t a one off, people all over were feeling just as helpless and desperate but by combining my unique experience with nationally recognised training I could create change on a much wider scale. I could turn my battle to end the stigma into a war, the difference between this war and my time in Afghanistan; this war would save lives.
Everyone has two things in common; everyone has their demons, and everyone wants one thing, to be truly happy.
I have the best job in the world!