The Dan Rhodes Foundation was set up in memory of one of the friendliest people you could ever wish to meet.
On the outside, he was a loving father, devoted husband, caring son and loyal friend. On the inside, he was struggling with his mental health. The battle was long and often fought behind the mask of being ‘ok’. The demons of anxiety and depression were held off for 15 years but on 19 January 2014, they overpowered him and Dan took his own life.
“Depression is the most unpleasant thing I have ever experienced.
It is that absence of being able to envisage that you will ever be cheerful again.
The absence of hope. That very deadened feeling, which is so very different from
feeling sad. Sad hurts but it’s a healthy feeling. It is a necessary thing to feel.
Depression is very different.”
To mark the first anniversary of Dan’s passing, a year of fundraising challenges was arranged to try and raise awareness of mental health issues and to raise funds for the Blurt Foundation and Mind. The challenges included cycle rides, rowing, swimming and obstacle course races, all of which provided both a physical and mental challenge. It was out of this that the Dan Rhodes Foundation was formed in order to provide a lasting legacy in Dan’s memory and to shine a light on mental health.