A Place For My Head

I’m not going to lie, the last week or so has been a struggle. January is a difficult time of year for me.  It is a natural period of self-reflection which is never a good thing for someone who spends too much time in their own head, it reminds me of one of the most … Continue reading A Place For My Head


This is a blog that has been coming for a while but I’ve struggled to find the right words when I’ve tried to put my thoughts on paper. It’s a particularly apt topic at this time of year so I’ve tried to get it finished. One of my biggest struggles as I start to feel … Continue reading Isolation

Thank You

As the first year of the Foundation draws to a close, it is time to reflect on what has been a successful year. Over the year, we have managed to raise awareness of mental health issues, raise our profile and follower numbers and raise some money to help with the fight against mental illness. There … Continue reading Thank You


Total Warrior soon seemed to have come around again and as we got closer to the day of the event it became evident that I wasn’t going to be as prepared as I would have liked. I’d been struggling with a knee ligament injury for a couple of months that needed rest (not sure how … Continue reading Regret

Before We Disappear

The events of the last couple of months have further highlighted one of the biggest problems that we currently face. If things continue as they are we run the risk of having a missing generation, the likes of which won't have been seen for many years. The events have also highlighted that the stigma is … Continue reading Before We Disappear

Natural Blues

This blog originally appeared on my original blog site 13 July 2015 and was written for a Blurt campaign about what depression looks like to individuals. Even though it's a couple of years old, the message is still the same so have a read if you missed it. Here it is ... What depression looks like … Continue reading Natural Blues

How I thrive and not just survive

In the second of the guest blogs from Zoe Thompson of Phoenix Life Coaching, Zoe discusses how she not just survives but she thrives. If you want to find out more about what she does and how she could help you, have a look at the details at the end of the post. My low … Continue reading How I thrive and not just survive

What can we learn from Winnie the Pooh and his friends?

In the first of two guest blogs from life coach Zoe Thompson, she has a look at what we can learn from everyone's favourite little bear and his friends. So here it is... Over the last couple of weeks, I have been posting about some of the things that happy people do differently and a … Continue reading What can we learn from Winnie the Pooh and his friends?

Depression and Exercise – Relationship Status = ‘It’s complicated’

The lovely Stu asked me if I would write a guest blog for the Dan Rhodes Foundation, offering my own perspective on depression and exercise. How could I refuse? 🙂 This isn't a story about some miraculous transformation of my life through exercise. Exercise has not cured my depression. Sometimes it has helped, sometimes it … Continue reading Depression and Exercise – Relationship Status = ‘It’s complicated’

Down in a hole – The story of Born Survivor 13 May 2017

After the success of the Major Series back in March 2017, it didn’t take long before we set our sights on the next challenge. Not being able to rest on our laurels, we decided to take it up a notch and try the ultimate military obstacle course – Born Survivor. This would be a much … Continue reading Down in a hole – The story of Born Survivor 13 May 2017