How to overcome adversity: Alex Staniforth
A motivational speaker, charity founder, endurance athlete and all round nice guy, it’s hard to believe that Alex Staniforth has battled poor mental health his whole life. Bullied at school after being diagnosed with epilepsy and living with a lifelong stammer, he has lived with anxiety and depression, as well as enduring panic attacks and battling an eating disorder.
However, a teenage passion for the outdoors provided Alex with a focus and drive that twice took him to Everest in pursuit of a dream to become one of the youngest Britons ever to climb the world’s tallest mountain. Along the way, he was challenged physically and mentally, at home and under tragic circumstances while in Nepal.
Today, Alex continues to challenge himself in the most extreme of ways and has ploughed his considerable energies into founding a charity to help others overcome poor mental health, by taking them up some of the UK’s most challenging mountains.
Alex’s story is one of passion and determination, of facing fear, overcoming adversity and discovering unexpected mental strength. Listen to it in his own words on The Brave Front.
00:00:00 - 00:03:45 - Welcome and introduction
00:03:53 - 00:07:17 - Meet Alex
00:07:53 - 00:13:29 - Childhood, growing up, facing bullying at school
00:13:38 - 00:18:00 - Discovering the great outdoors, a paragliding breakthrough
00:18:10 - 00:33:49 - Stepping outside your comfort zone, Mount Everest, escaping death
00:33:58 - 00:40:00 - Mind Over Mountains, launching a mental health charity
00:40:26 - 00:48:06 - Alex’s mental health today and the future
You can find out more about Alex on his website
You can follow Alex on X
As well as on Instagram
And you can find out all about Alex’s charity on the excellent Mind over Mountains website.
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