I am a 53-year-old financial advisor living in Reading, Berkshire, with a severe and enduring diagnosis of Bipolar 1 Affective Disorder. I am currently an employee at the local psychiatric hospital where I was once an inpatient.
My whole life was touched by poverty, homelessness and mental illness with the added family pressures of suicide, alcoholism and drug addiction. I hold a deep desire to help others living in similar circumstances.
I was inspired to write my book Show Me Heaven following the death of my dearly beloved eldest brother Mark Taylor during 2017. Writing my memoir was profoundly challenging at times, but also provided a therapeutic release of built-up emotions.
I enjoy the simple things in life – spending time with family and friends, listening to music and watching movies. I particularly enjoy travelling overseas to see new cultures.