Andy Salkeld

I embrace who I am and share it with those who will listen.

My name is Andy. I am 34 (born in 1984) and I live in the UK.

I have worked hard all my life. I have pushed myself to my limits to acquire knowledge and skills and to accelerate my career as quickly as possible. I never stopped trying to take the next step forward, to get the next big break, to climb the next rung up the ladder…

My candle burned out.

During 2016 and 2017 (when I was 32 and 33) I suffered what I guess could only be described as a crisis. Without going into the detail of what happened I realised what I had been chasing for so long was not what I actually wanted from life. I had placed a value on things, possessions, experiences, moments, stories that were not my own.

I have always suffered from depression and anxiety in some form, but during 2017 it was particularly bad. I started spending time on myself; something I had rarely done up until this point.

I started doing things just for me and it felt pretty good…

I have always loved games. Games come in many forms, but I particularly like boardgames (mostly for the social aspect of playing with friends) and computer games (mostly for the ability to compete and play with people from all over the world). I’ve never been particularly good at them, but I have a real passion for them. This is what got me into streaming on Twitch in the first instance. I love entertaining, I love playing games, I love talking to people (even if no one is watching…) so why not stream. I even turned this into a way for me to give back through Just Giving.

I began to feel whole again.

So…why am I telling you all this…

I learned a lot about myself and who I am as a person. The problem is that I learned this through struggling and suffering and finding it hard to continue. The biggest issue I had was no one expected it of me, so when I opened up, I almost wasn’t believed.

There are people out there who need help. I want to do what I can to help them; through sharing my story and experiences. I want them to know they are not alone. will be my outward expression of the passion I hold for helping others and for sharing my story with the world. At the end of the day I am just a guy with a story who likes talking, so this will be my soap box. Remember,

Be you.