After a failed suicide attempt fuelled by depression and spending time on the street, Dave is now helping the homeless through charity work in Poole. He had already written his will as he looked to end his life, but he is now giving people the will to go on and get themselves a better life.
In 2014 after a relationship breakdown, he meticulously planned and executed a suicide plot that saw him die. However, after being found by a dog and their owner, he was revived and got medical help; he was so ill that the usual treatment had to be repeated eight times.
After a week he was released into psychiatric care and started the long road to recovery, without the help of medication. He said:
“If I was strong enough to kill myself then I was strong enough to heal myself”
He was soon discharged, however he found himself homeless. Due to the work of charities he was able to get a bed and breakfast and eventually organised accommodation. After having counselling sessions with his GP and temporarily going onto anti-depressants he started voluntary work, something that helped him to go off of the drugs.
He worked with homeless people with drug abuse or mental health problems, something that he says “was helping me understand my issues and assisted in my recovery”.
He has recently encountered one of the people that helped him with his recovery process, who said “I told you that you’d be working here one day”, something he will probably be saying to one of his clients in the near future.