Derailed: Mental Illness

Mental illness is more than just an occasional nuisance… it can destroy the very best things in our lives. Nothing is outside its reach and grasp.

This vignette about Paul Alexander hits very close to home:


Paul Alexander was a young British skateboarder full of charisma and drive. He discovered the opportunities of sponsorship, travelling and recognition during a move from Leicester to Bristol in his late teens.

Living with professional skateboarder Danny Wainwright he became engulfed in the fun, responsibility free lifestyle that came with his chosen pursuit of becoming a pro skateboarder.

Paul seemed destined for success then something came to get him, something he’d never experienced before that would take his personal goals and freedom far away from his grasp in a seemingly never ending battle.

It can definitely be a never-ending battle, but, it’s one worth fighting for. It’s one worth fighting with others, too, by the way. I shared a few thoughts on my vlog yesterday about PTSD and my own struggles.

But one has to remember… it’s the stuff that you don’t see that is the most important. And my hope is that for anyone and everyone who’s struggling with mental illness is that they have the support and community around them to walk through it together.

This doesn’t guarantee that you’ll get back on track but it does increase the chance of living a very positive and fulfilling life and wonderful life… it’ll just be different than other folks, that’s all.