Meet Heads Together and Row: Justin Coleman
9 December 2018
Stand-up comedian Justin Coleman’s own experiences of mental health issues are an important factor behind his decision to take part in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2018 as part of the Heads Together and Row team.
The 53-year-old has dreamed of rowing an ocean for a long time, and following a failed attempt to complete the race in 2004, and a near-death experience and a broken hip since then, he is even more determined to succeed this time around.
In the past, Justin, from Leicestershire, has battled depression and says he understands how hard it can be to open up about mental illness.
“Talking about mental health is an incredibly difficult thing to do. There is still a stigma attached to it and in this fiercely competitive world no one wants to show any signs of weakness. And of course the time when you need help most is the time you least feel like asking for it,” he said.
“Mental illness is no less worthy of care and compassion than breaking a hip. That it sometimes doesn’t receive that care and compassion is an issue that needs addressing. We have to speak up.”
Henley Business School is working with Heads Together and Row on a research project looking at individual and team resilience. Click here to find out more.