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From Turbulence to Recovery: My Mental Health Journey

The School of Health & Community Studies is marking World Mental Health Day with a free talk from someone with a very powerful and honest tale of their descent into and subsequent recovery from mental ill health.

Mental illness is on the rise and can affect anyone of any background, circumstance or age. Experiencing even mild mental health issues can be distressing for oneself but also for friends, family and peers in knowing what to do to help. 

Ad Gridley is now a writer who uses his own personal story of his mental health experiences to help others interpret, support or manage themselves or their peers in similar situations. He left his teens with a handful of GCSEs and A Levels, but things took a turn for the worse and he spent many years in a cycle of treatment, addiction, suicidal behaviour and what he calls ‘horrific episodes’. Ad uses his highly personal testimony to help awareness, understanding and to show that even the most difficult, insurmountable obstacles can be overcome by the human mind.

Ad is the author of The Geographer which documents his experiences and provides hope for everyone touched by this issue. He featured on the Victoria Derbyshire BBC TV show in March 2019. This is a free event but to reserve your place please email:

If you or anyone you know is struggling with mental health, please have a look at this flyer for the #worldmentalhealthday tips.

For more information about our guest speaker, please go to Ad Gridley's website

Event Details

10 October 2019 -
10 October 2019
14:30 - 15:30
WHG01, City Campus
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