Our story

Meet Oly and Daniel. This is our story.

It’s our individual mental health journies that have led us to this point. We’ve been through dark times and overcome many hurdles, but we’re now able to see the light and use our experience to inspire positive change. 

Oly Newton and Dan Wilsher 100 Talks For Change - Mental Health Awareness and public speakers
Oly Newton and Dan Wilsher 100 Talks For Change - Mental Health Awareness and public speakers

10 years. 10 long years of my life lost to severe mental illness. Just days before this I was a confident and outgoing 22-year-old with endless possibilities. I’d suddenly found myself consumed by negative thoughts, OCD, anxiety, and depression, with seemingly no way out. The days quickly became very dark, and all the things I used to enjoy and the people I loved to see became a thing of the past.

Thankfully 5 years ago my discovery of running allowed me to temporarily escape the constraints of my mental illness and in time rediscover my love for life again. Through running, great people, and “learning to become comfortable feeling uncomfortable”- my confidence and self-belief grew. This in time enabled me step out of the dark and back into the light. Then gradually piece my life back together.

Today, I am a thriving mental health advocate, trainer, and international speaker, sharing my story and inspiring others to seek help and embrace their own personal recovery journeys.

I deliver talks and training sessions on mental health and wellness around the world, offering hope to those who are struggling with their own mental health challenges.

My experiences have taught me the importance of self-care, self-compassion, and the power of community. I now use my platform to spread these messages far and wide. Through my speaking engagements and activism, I am breaking down the stigma surrounding mental illness and inspiring others to take control of their own wellbeing. I am proof that even in the face of adversity, it is possible to reclaim your life and find happiness and purpose.

My goal now is to serve as a positive influence and support system for those struggling with mental illness, especially the youth. I strive to raise awareness and promote change, empowering our next generation to use their voices and be heard.

I am not a millionaire. I am not an athlete. I have not created a self-help formula that will enable you to quadruple your annual earnings after just 6 weeks. I am just a regular, somewhat normal individual. However, an individual who, by no control of his own, has experienced some of life’s most profound ebbs and flows.

The uniqueness of my story begins at age of 9, the day I lost my Father to depression, to suicide. An event which would begin a series of twists and turns that would soon form a complex web of skewed beliefs and long-lasting mental health issues. Issues that would see me battle suicidal thoughts, among a long and daunting list of additional neurotic symptoms, for 4 long years.

From losing family to losing friends. From alcohol to drug addiction. From failing university, to failed businesses.

From financial gain to thousands of pounds worth of debt. From corporate success to corporate failure. From losing a lot, to losing it all.

Through years of hard work, through prescription after prescription, and 11 months of weekly Psychotherapy, I would finally amass the courage to be able to communicate honestly and openly about my emotions and experiences not just with others, but with myself. And after 13 long years, I would finally sit down and tell my family how I felt about my Dad’s suicide, something I had never dreamt of before. This newfound ability has meant my destructive behaviours and beliefs no longer serve a purpose. I have finally begun to unwind the web that held my capability captive.

Oly Newton and Dan Wilsher 100 Talks For Change - Mental Health Awareness and public speakers

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