“If ever there was evidence that vulnerability is not weakness, James typifies that.
“Thank you so much for this afternoon James. You were absolutely amazing and a real inspiration. It is so brave of you to speak so openly and honestly about your breakdown. My favourite quote is definitely 'if you don't make time for your wellness, you might have to make time for your illness'. It really resonated with me - as I definitely don't make time for my own wellness at the moment. This is something I am definitely going to change.”
“One of the best guest speakers we’ve had.”
“I have never attended a talk as helpful, inspiring, and downright real as what you let us in on. You speak a lot of hard truths and, at a personal level, it is not only relatable but what needs to be heard.’”
“Your session earlier hit me in a way that I don’t think I was prepared for, but equally was just so incredibly timely. I ended up reaching a point early last week where I had to take some time off work, due to my mental health and being in a place in my own mind, feeling a way I had never had before. This is not something I had ever even contemplated doing before and I was so nervous of what people would think and what it would mean. The senior team have been very supportive and understanding, but equally I took one day off and I think expected that I would just ‘be better.’
But it also made me realise how important that conversation and honesty is. Apart from a couple of select people that needed to know, I shied away of telling junior team members the truth, out of fear of people not understanding. Your session made me realise though that the more that people do what I did, the more of a self-fulfilling circle it is. Especially when seeing the questions raised by junior team members at the end."
“Listening to James telling his story was utterly compelling and reassuring. But also scary at how easily we can feel like we are on top of the world, only to discover that we have been a frog in a bath of simmering water all along. Never has there been a more important time to listen, talk and be true to yourself than now. Thank you James”
“It has inspired both myself and another more senior person that I work with to open up and discuss struggles which we have both had, which I don’t think either of us would have been brave enough to do if we had not heard your story. We are already in discussions about the best way we can support each other and others around us.”
“I really just wanted to say thank you for opening up and sharing your experience in a such an honest way. That was honestly something I have ever seen anyone else do before, despite numerous other (good) mental health sessions that the company puts in for us.”
“Thank you so much for sharing today! It was so brave of you and it was the most beneficial webinar I have been in over the past year. It's nice to know I'm not alone and shedding a light on this is super important.”