He’d been an English, Drama (briefly) and Politics teacher in Secondary Schools for ten years. He also spent time doing other things… a few years at the Education Service at Parliament, writing and delivering sessions for young people on school trips; some time getting a journalism qualification and pottering round at terrible publications.
That breakdown, though, it changed everything. Unable to work, unable to function as a parent or a husband (his divorce wasn’t far away), he set up Simple Politics.
Fast forward a few years and he had diagnoses of Bipolar and Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorders. Plus a little depression and anxiety thrown in for good measure. He’s on his meds and he’s in therapy. Simple Politics has over a million followers across social media platforms.
He’s a regular feature on radio and TV talking about politics; he’s frequently in schools talking about careers; he’s on podcasts and his own Instagram talking about mental health.
It’s been quite a decade. He’s pretty excited about what the next one will bring.