Nathan is a serving officer and pilot in the Royal Air Force who met John some years back through their respective children attending the local nursery school in Bishops Waltham. As a military man, Nathan was very aware of the traumatic injuries Servicemen (and women) had received in conflict in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Within the Services it was understood that these Servicemen would suffer long term psychological effects even after their physical injuries had healed. However, there was still a stigma attached to mental illness especially if a Serviceman had no outward physical damage to show for it.
This was bought into sharp focus a few years ago after Nathan had an in depth conversation with a military doctor (over a few beers) who explained how prevalent mental health issues were in the Services. He explained that depression was an issue that affected both young and older Serviceman and was far more widespread than most people believed.
However, it was only when John was diagnosed with depression at a similar time that Nathan realised that mental illness was a much wider issue affecting good people across all walks of life even those right next to you.
Once John was receiving treatment he realised that he had to do something to raise awareness of this type of mental illness. This was when Dare2express as an idea was born. It didn’t take long (about 2 minutes) before John asked Nathan to support him in setting up Dare2express as a Charity. Nathan’s skill sets in organisation and planning were soon put to the test in order to lay the foundation stones for the Charity.
As of March 2016, the Charity Commission granted Dare2express charitable status which has empowered John and his fellow trustees to raise funds and issue financial grants for those people that really need help in the community as well as raising awareness of depression as a mental illness.