Alex was born in Brazil and was fortunate to come to the UK at the age of 11 without speaking the language. Growing up Alex survived various forms of abuse (mental, physical and sexual), bullying, anxiety and fears throughout childhood always feeling like he was not good enough.
Alex went on to become a successful professional but suffered from years of mental health problems and addiction issues (drugs, alcohol, food and sex) and at lowest points in his life he tried to commit suicide three times and had two drug induced overdoses. Alex found recovery through the 12 step program and discovered mindfulness meditation with a Buddhist monk.
Alex is an established Coach, Public Speaker and Co-founder of Happy As Larry Group with a wealth of personal and professional experience in emotional intelligence, mental health and addiction. As a public speaker Alex focuses his talks around the topics of emotional intelligence and personal growth, mental health issues and addiction giving the audience not only brutal honesty and vulnerability but practical takeaways you can immediately add to your personal lifestyle.
Alex’s talks are moving, motivational and inspirational. His talks will leave you feeling grateful, hopeful and glad you were there to take part in the experience. His stories are thought provoking, Alex is charismatic, charming and funny but vulnerable and really honest with the audience about his life experiences.
Alex has shared his life story with audiences ranging from students to professionals, to prison inmates and individuals that seek recovery from mental health and addiction.
Alex is TEDx Speaker having spoken at TedxUoChester on “A journey to my future self”, available on YouTube. He is an ambassador and speaker for the Amy Winehouse Foundation and a host of Happy As Larry Group – The Feel-Good Show! podcast available on iTunes and YouTube.
In this talk Alex will discuss why we are still not talking about mental health and why we should. Why companies need to make wellbeing a must have, just like having a pension and what you can do to start making impactful changes to your own mental health straight away.
Corporate Wellbeing Is Not A Trend
- We live in a trend society where even the word mental health often trends on social media as a popular hashtag. The truth is, mental health is a silent killer that is affecting us and our society more and more each day. The news and adverts on TV, radio and social media are telling us to stop and talk to each other, share more openly about what's going on with us, get more more vulnerable. It's becoming more and more acceptable to talk about mental health, so why aren't we doing it? Not only is there a big human cost of poor health at work, the cost to businesses is huge - absenteeism and presenteeism represents as much as 2% of GDP in the UK and it's costing the economy £73 billion per year in the UK alone.
- Waiting times - In a recent case study by Mind, one in five of people surveyed has been waiting over a year to receive mental health treatment such a therapy. One in 10 people surveyed has been waiting over two years to receive mental health treatment. Waiting times can have a devastating impact on a person’s life. They can exacerbate mental distress and cause relationships to break down, jobs to be lost, people to be isolated and, in extreme cases, lead to suicide attempts. But far too many people are still waiting far too long to receive treatment. Even with all this information at hand, we are still not talking about it... Why?
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