We need to start talking about depression, for young men’s sake, in schools and workplaces. Politicians and the media must lead the way
On Monday, Nick Clegg pledged to sign up the NHS to a national “zero suicide” campaign. This comes in a week when I have spent a lot of time talking to the media about depression in an attempt to get people to support Calm and the other charities that are doing incredible work to help people coping with mental illness. I have appeared on national radio, in the press and on television to talk about my story, but the more coverage I get, the more I ask: why me?
Let me make this clear. I am not famous, I am not trying to be famous. I am a normal lad who made mistakes, lived a lie, and eventually attempted to take my own life. I am just another statistic. Someone who suffered from an illness that took over my life and made me a person I didn’t recognise. There is absolutely nothing special or unique about me. Yet I am getting calls from people asking me to share my story. The fact that I am newsworthy, simply because I have spoken openly about the demons I was facing, makes me think that we are being greatly let down by society.