This blog was written by me, Andy, the guy in the middle of the photo above. On the left is my cousin, on the right my dad. At the time this photo was taken, I was already well on the way into a particularly nasty spiral of depression and anxiety. This was my fourth such episode which bridged my 28th birthday. For whatever reason, it was decided on this September day that climbing a nearby hill was a good idea. I remember reaching the top and feeling nothing, and most likely eeking out the strained smile you can see above.
I was then, and am still now, a practising business psychologist and coach who has multiple lenses on mental health and wellbeing. I have come to realise that over the past 18 years I have amassed and internalised a wealth of knowledge and experience (not to mention opinions) on the topic.
This site is intended as a resource for others enduring mental health challenges and for those supporting them. It is also a means by which to tell my story and continue the fight to beat the taboos and stigma that surround mental health and wellness. I hope you find it interesting, hell knows, even inspiring!
A few months ago, as I started to gain momentum in writing this blog, I was giving a lot of thought toward public attitudes around mental illness. Probably in the caffeinated haze of a Saturday morning in Ascot, I wrote the following, as yet unpublished, and rather sel...