Nick Wilson

Veteran, Speaker and Podcaster speaking on Mental Health. Open, Honest and Powerful.
FEE : £1k – £3k+

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Nick Wilson is an Army Veteran with an impactful story to tell.

After 14 years of service, Nick left the Army, with a spinal injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of multiple deployments across the globe such as, Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Through his battle with both physical and mental disabilities, surviving attempted suicide and managing suicidal ideation, Nick continually demonstrates resilience and the ability to overcome adversity, going on to become a successful public speaker on; Suicide, Mental Health and Disability and creator of Accessibility Videos.

Through finding ways to better manage his mindset and environment, Nick prevents his disabilities from dictating his life or fulfilling his purpose of helping others. This is clear to see through his selfless work within the community and whose achievements have been recognised, locally and nationally, through his winning; a Bronze Award at the prestigious English Veterans Awards in 2020, named “Male Role Model of the Year” in 2021 and “Changemaker” of the Year 2022.

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In a bid to understand the workings of the mind, Nick studied Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mental Health First Aid and Neuro-Linguistics Programming, becoming a trainer and practitioner in all three. Armed with his lived experiences, professional skills in mental health and life lessons learned, Nick founded Talk Mental Health CIC, a social enterprise to; champion men’s mental health and advocating for the sharing of our lived experiences. From launching in May 2020, TMH has directly helped over 250 guys locally and 100,000s of people, nationally and globally, through the videos Nick creates for social media.

As someone who promotes hope through his messaging and embracing abilities over disabilities, Nick has completed countless charity fundraising work throughout his career, raising over £125, 000+ for charities through organising events such as; 1000-mile cycle ride for D-Day commemorations and the first Basra half marathon. Nick also ran immensely successful mental health campaigns during 2018 and 2019, creating the hashtags #Realmentalk and #Timetolisten which impacted over 250,000 people around the world.

Most recently, Nick became the first Disabled person to complete 96km of the Ridgeway National Trail in a powered wheelchair and in September ’21, completed a 385mile cycle challenge on his specialised recumbent trike, overcoming heat exhaustion, debilitating chronic pain from his spinal injury and dark days mentally. The distance is equivalent to travelling along the south coast from Margate to Lands’ End, averaging 55miles a day!

Nick runs countless presentations that train both the public and private sectors on the importance of mental health and disability awareness, accessibility and inclusion, through sharing his own journey of recovery and becoming a newly disabled wheelchair user.

He has gained experience and a respected reputation, through his previously delivering to; businesses large and small, global and regional, universities, networking events and small local community functions. The feedback he receives, always includes words such as, Authentic, Inspirational, Thought Provoking, Empowering, Life Changing and Educational/Informative, demonstrating that Nick’s talks are suitable for a wide range of demographic groups and can always be made relatable to the specific audience.

Featured Topics Include:

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Mental health and disability

Providing a general overview of mental health and disability, the impact they have on the individual, the workplace and how others can best support someone with mental ill health and/or a disability, plus the importance of us as individuals, accepting responsibility for and taking ownership of, our own wellbeing and how we manage it.

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Disability in the workplace

Helping organisations to benefit from embracing inclusion, what this looks like and how to identify the strengths and abilities of someone who has a disability. Talking specifically about how to make the necessary adjustments in your organisation, ensuring you implement any specific training correctly, to benefit from maximum effectiveness, and how to best communicate and support those with mental ill health and a disability.

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Suicide awareness and prevention

Suicide remains to be one of the most challenging and taboo topics in the workplace and wider society, where arguably the associated stigma still results in the loss of life. Each death is one too many and can impact 135 people on average and attempted suicide numbers are estimated by the NHS to be 140,000 and so much work remains to be done. Nick has unique knowledge which any organisation would benefit from, with lived experience of attempted suicide and battling with suicidal thoughts, in addition to experience of helping others, whilst navigating the system.

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Transition & change

Following a successful 14-year career in the military, Nick faced a traumatic decade long journey of transition, within a society which had become alien to him compared to the military. Then on becoming “newly disabled”, has once again had to adapt to life being in a wheelchair and the restrictions which come with this. However, he has become a successful and integral part of society, a well-known and respected member of his local community and entrepreneur.

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My journey

Nick has had a tumultuous life to date, from living on the streets at the age of 16, starting his first business at the age of 17 and joining the Army, to building two successful businesses and launching a men’s support group on leaving the military. From surviving several suicide attempts, self-harm and battling with Complex PTSD, Depression, Suicidal thoughts and physical disabilities, to his personal growth, development and journey of recovery. Nick can adapt his personal journey to talk on any topics related to; Suicide, Mental Health, Transition, ED&I, Disability and Post Traumatic Growth, ensuring to meet all of your specific requirements.

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Mental health and disability

Providing a general overview of mental health and disability, the impact they have on the individual, the workplace and how others can best support someone with mental ill health and/or a disability, plus the importance of us as individuals, accepting responsibility for and taking ownership of, our own wellbeing and how we manage it.

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Disability in the workplace

Helping organisations to benefit from embracing inclusion, what this looks like and how to identify the strengths and abilities of someone who has a disability. Talking specifically about how to make the necessary adjustments in your organisation, ensuring you implement any specific training correctly, to benefit from maximum effectiveness, and how to best communicate and support those with mental ill health and a disability.

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Suicide awareness and prevention

Suicide remains to be one of the most challenging and taboo topics in the workplace and wider society, where arguably the associated stigma still results in the loss of life. Each death is one too many and can impact 135 people on average and attempted suicide numbers are estimated by the NHS to be 140,000 and so much work remains to be done. Nick has unique knowledge which any organisation would benefit from, with lived experience of attempted suicide and battling with suicidal thoughts, in addition to experience of helping others, whilst navigating the system.

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Transition & change

Following a successful 14-year career in the military, Nick faced a traumatic decade long journey of transition, within a society which had become alien to him compared to the military. Then on becoming “newly disabled”, has once again had to adapt to life being in a wheelchair and the restrictions which come with this. However, he has become a successful and integral part of society, a well-known and respected member of his local community and entrepreneur.

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My journey

Nick has had a tumultuous life to date, from living on the streets at the age of 16, starting his first business at the age of 17 and joining the Army, to building two successful businesses and launching a men’s support group on leaving the military. From surviving several suicide attempts, self-harm and battling with Complex PTSD, Depression, Suicidal thoughts and physical disabilities, to his personal growth, development and journey of recovery. Nick can adapt his personal journey to talk on any topics related to; Suicide, Mental Health, Transition, ED&I, Disability and Post Traumatic Growth, ensuring to meet all of your specific requirements.

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The event went very well! We have had a lot of fantastic feedback from employees and Nick was a fantastic final presenter who really drove home the message that understanding mental wellbeing is only the beginning, the real impact comes when you take the time to own it and ensure you are addressing it. I would really like to thank you for your support in arranging all of this with Nick, the process has been very straightforward which was greatly appreciated with the complexity of arranging such an event with multiple parties and the admin alongside.

Oscar, Amazon

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