Being left alone with loneliness…

Feeling alone in a room full of people is a terrifying experience. Recently I have had a lot of people talk to be about loneliness. This encouraged me to look back on conversations and thoughts I had during 2017 when I was at my most recently memorable lowest point. Through pain we find ourselves… Whilst I was having a tattoo done during the middle of the 2018 my artist and friend, Bob, introduced me to a term called serial monogamist which I had never heard before. This really struck home with me… Read More

Learning to love again…

…Love really is all around us… As many of you will know from reading my articles and seeing my presentations I have gone through my fair share of heartbreak. I have spent time on self development and following a talk given by Daniel Burton on World Mental Health Day 2018 and a question posed to me at my most recent Breaking the Stigma presentation in Birmingham I thought I would share some of my thoughts. A simple questions… The question I was asked was this (paraphrased): As a young employee at a… Read More

Just talk more…

If you don’t have anything good to say…just say it anyway… This article will mostly be written as a bit of a retrospective of last week… Mostly… I will try to keep as many references to people anonymous as possible so as to not give more information than is needed, but ultimately, you know who you are, how we interact and it just is what it is. On Thursday I was invited to a meeting with a Company who wanted to discuss their strategic plans and financial model. Whilst I work with… Read More

Helping yourself to help yourself…

Your relationship with yourself will last a lifetime… I am not sure how to start this… Since I gave my talk, published my presentation, held an ‘ask me anything‘ and just generally; I have received so much positive feedback from so many different sources that I have been humbled in a way I never thought possible (especially after the very humbling experience that started all this!). The one piece of feedback that I have taken to heart however is one of people seeking to know how I cope with living with depression… Read More

Answering the questions…

Ask me anything… Following on from my recent articles, talks and general outward communication with regards to my story I was asked by someone to speak to their online community about my experiences etc. It’s important to note at this point, that my main recent interactions with this person were in relation to my 24 hour charity stream. I had very little communication with them ahead of this and this just sort of happened. Knowing that is was going to be online, I fully assumed there to be various ‘trolls’ who just… Read More

Just a guy who has a story and likes talking…

I promised I would share this after the fact. It’s now up to you to read it if you want. Slide 1 My name is Andrew Salkeld. I’m 34. I’m a Chartered Accountant. I trained at PwC before moving into industry. I specialise in corporate finance and business intelligence; ‘data and deals’. I work as CFO for a start-up based here in Leeds, helping them raise funding and developing their business plan. … My name is Andy. I’m 34. I suffer from depression. I almost committed suicide in 2017. It changed me…. Read More

Breaking the stigma (part two)

When life gives you lemons…you now have lemons. Many of you will have seen that I have been publicising that I am giving a talk on World Mental Health Day about my story with regards to mental health and facing suicide. In advance of this I wanted to share with you all some more detail about what I will be talking about, how I will be presenting it and give you a preview of some of the slides. Firstly… You can find more information about the event at the eventbrite website. I believe there… Read More

World Mental Health Day

  I would like to apologise for not writing anything in a while. Whilst that shouldn’t need an apology as I write these expecting nothing back, it appears that some people have actually started following them a little bit and like reading what I write. I have been moving house and everything over the last two weeks has been a lot to handle by myself, so I needed to focus on me. Regardless, I’m back. After posting Breaking the Stigma and completing my 24 hour charity stream over on Twitch I was approached… Read More

Running on empty…

  A bank holiday weekend in the UK is always seen as an opportunity for celebration. This one was no different! However this time it was a celebration of a lifetime. It was my parents 40th Wedding Anniversary… …and I was doing a speech. Let’s do this! For those that know me well, you’ll know I’m fairly confident and well spoken…and that I love giving speeches…   …a microphone… …a captive audience… …an excuse to talk about myself.   It would not be unfair to say that I am more comfortable talking… Read More