I'm a writer, broadcaster and public speaker focussed on mental health. When not doing any of those things, I attend other people's weddings having forgotten to shave (see picture).
I was born in 1990 and grew up in Surrey, UK. I read Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Trinity College Dublin.
I started my career as a Strategy Consultant at Deloitte, before moving into advertising where I worked for global brands such as The Times, Sunday Times and Financial Times.
Three years ago I experienced an intense mental breakdown which culminated in being diagnosed with a Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD).
I wrote about this experience in this article for The Times, and was amazed by the outpourings of support and cries for help from other sufferers.
From Sydney to Santiago, London to Lisbon, I must have received hundreds of messages from other men who have suffered or were suffering from similar conditions. “I am in a crisis what shall I do?”, they would say. Or “Will this ever get better?”.
I guess, given that 25% of us will suffer a mental health problem at some point, it shouldn’t have been surprising. But it was nevertheless profound.
Inspired by the reaction, I resolved to quit my job and devote my time to trying to help others through writing, broadcasting and public speaking.
Because, when it comes to mental health problems, sometimes just talking about it is enough.