My name is Dave Robinson, I’m 45 and live in Lancashire. From a very young age, I have been interested in music, this lead me into DJ’ing as a hobby, and on and off for work over the years. I currently use music and DJ’ing as a way to relax and engage with others in my spare time, but full time I support my Fiancé day to day as we battle her chronic ill health together as a team.
I’m truly honoured to be an ambassador for SOS Silence Of Suicide. I personally understand the importance of obtaining the appropriate support for your mental well-being as I was diagnosed with depression several years ago. It was initially an incredibly dark time for me and I didn’t understand how I was feeling for quite some time because I didn’t want to open up and speak about how I was feeling at first. I eventually did, and I’m so very glad I did, because with the support of my GP and the appropriate medication, my depression is now very well managed and by speaking out I also now have fantastic support from close friends and family. That dark cloud has lifted and I feel I have my life back. I lost myself for a while and I feel like “me” again now!
I unfortunately, also know first hand, the devastation that suicide can have on friends and family members, having lost one of my closest friends to suicide. He sadly didn’t speak out and therefore was suffering in silence. At the time, no one was aware of his struggles until it was too late. And this really affected me deeply.
Being hit with depression myself has made me realise how difficult it is to speak out but also made me realise how important it is to talk about how you’re feeling, to get the support you need and never give up hope!
I also feel very passionately about supporting others with their mental well-being, encouraging open conversations and raising awareness amongst others through my own experiences of mental illness and suicide of my close friend. Talking is so important and I’m so glad I finally did open up, talk and got the help I needed.
SOS are delighted to welcome Dave onboard.