"19 years ago I was on the verge of suicide. Today I lead a life that I could never have imagined possible while I was battling depression.
My mission is to spread my story and message that life is worth fighting for, that it is never too late and anything is possible, for anyone.
I am Helena Bourdillon. I have survived and triumphed over chronic depression and now I freedive to depths of -76m with my monofin and have represented GB at the World Championships twice so far, placing 10th and 5th overall respectively.
But I want to go deeper, much deeper, because the deeper I dive, the further my message will carry.
I am 45 years old and my motto is “Daring to Inspire.” When I’m not in the water, I do public speaking events where I talk of my journey to positive mental health, incorporating the knowledge and skills that I have learned during my recovery process as well as those gained from freediving and how these can be easily translated into healthier lifestyles and businesses (without the need to hold your breath!)
I want to carry this message of hope and inspiration to as many as possible, especially those who struggle with mental illness as well as those who are marginalised by their age or sex."
Helena will be attending Mad World Summit 2019 and shall be running some Breathing for Relaxation and Health sessions on the 9th October. Details will be published soon!