Battles with depression have inspired a Saltby man to launch a company championing men’s mental health.
Tom Home was diagnosed with depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder at the start while a second year student at Northumbria University in 2016, conditions which he kept a closely guarded secret.
“At the time I was a very sociable guy, playing rugby, seeing friends and spending time with family, however, I became increasingly and excessively paranoid, and it eventually got so bad I didn’t want to leave the house,” he said.
“When I got to my crisis point and felt like I couldn’t cope anymore, I felt I had absolutely no choice, but to reach out to my parents and ask for help.
“They didn’t realise I was struggling at all because I didn’t communicate with them.”
The personal stigma which prevented him opening up sooner motivated him to launch community interest company blOKes in June…