Clarke Carlisle whilst being an extremely successful footballer, lived a duplicitous life of external lauding and internal loathing, a dangerous concoction, it was only after two suicide attempts that he was admitted to a psychiatric hospital, where he finally received an accurate diagnosis.
Clarkes honest and moving speeches about Mental Health really educate and inspire. An ambassador for the mental health charity Mind and the Premier League Kick It Out Campaign which promotes inclusion and equality in football. He says, “As a professional footballer for 17 years, the last 13 of those whilst suffering with Complex Depressive Disorder, I encountered many social and personal difficulties. The combination of an undiagnosed illness and being emotionally illiterate meant I developed coping strategies that were totally destructive and compounded my depression.” Clarke’s recovery is on-going, “Small Steps” being his and the charity’s motto, and it is with increasing self-awareness that he is able to manage his illness and not allow it to manage him.
He and his wife Carrie deliver powerful, emotional, educational and inspiring speeches together as they offer the dual insight to what it is like to live with a mental illness and what it is like to live with someone with a mental illness.
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Our employees were blown away by the seminar and the quality of their presentation. We are all incredibly tired and emotional today and Carrie even advised us that this would be the case and that we should take the time over the weekend to recharge and look after ourselves after all the hard work we have put in for our colleagues throughout the week. What wonderful, wise and caring people they both are.
Their visit has touched all of us and we feel like it has brought us closer together, it was everything I hoped it would be and more.
Bosch Thermotechnology Ltd
Absolutely brilliant Clarke and Carrie got a standing ovation and so lovely as they stopped around
registration area to talk to delegates.
Clarke and Carrie were excellent. Clarkes delivery is amazing, he is clear and very moving. It’s quite shocking to hear about someone getting so low and Clarke’s presentation had an immediate effect on some staff members, with a few people having to leave. The response on the day and since has been amazing, with a noticeable general kindness between staff in the office and the Sales reps are helping each other out more. A truly worthwhile experience.
- Former Footballer, Clarke has authored two documentaries, "Is Football Racist?" and "Football's Suicide Secret" and is an Ambassador for the mental health charity, Mind, and the Premier League, Kick It Out, Campaign.
- Katie Piper is now a best selling international author, inspirational speaker, TV presenter and charity campaigner.
- David Fishwick is a self-made millionaire who achieved his success through hard graft, northern grit, determination and a bucketful of common sense.