First, as the founder of the Mental Health Foundation, I would like to say the following about why this is personal for me, and why I had to start the foundation.
I have enjoyed a career as an award winning fashion, celebrity photographer and director, with my work featured in Vogue, GQ, Vanity Fair, Newsweek and People Magazine.
In public I am the photographer to the stars of Hollywood, with appearances on many television shows including America’s Next Top Model and Dr. Phil, but in private I have battled anxiety as well as depression for much of my adult life.
Every day millions of people struggle with mental health conditions, and they often suffer alone and in silence because of the stigma surrounding mental health conditions.
Like many others, I too have lost loved ones to addiction and suicide over the years, and after Robbin Williams untimely passing I decided to stop sitting on the sidelines while so many suffer, feel misunderstood, alone and without options.
I merged my own experiences fighting depression and anxiety with my passion and life long career as a top-tier photographer to create The Mental Health Foundation, where the vision is to break the stigma and to give a voice to those who cannot speak, and hope to those who feel hopeless through raising awareness. Together no one is alone and together we can bring great change.