Dan Keeley is one of the UK’s leading mental health activists, thought leaders and keynote speakers on a mission to empower the UK to speak up when they are suffering.
In 2017, after a 5 year battle with bipolar disorder and coming close to taking his own life, Dan ran 1250 miles from the Colosseum in Rome back to the London Eye to share his story on a national scale – raising over £15,000 for The Campaign Against Living Miserably and inspiring hundreds of others to speak up about their own personal battles.
Now Dan is a nationally-recognised and award-winning mental health activist, thought-leader and keynote speaker; harnessing his lived-experiences to inspire others by collaborating & delivering powerful live talks with many of the UK’s most forward-thinking corporate organisations, conferences, NHS trusts, festivals, schools and social enterprises dedicated to improving the mental wellbeing of their staff, audiences & communities.
Dan is regularly featured on national media platforms including BBC England, London Live, The Evening Standard, The Telegraph, the Heads Together campaign, and national mental-health platforms.
Dan is also the Founder & Mission Director of #AREWEOKUK: The social enterprise on a mission to empower the UK to speak up when we’re suffering so that together we can show future generations how it’s done.
Dan Keeley covers a number of aspects of mental health issues in his talks. His speech topics include –
– The power of vulnerability and speaking up when we’re suffering
– The power of putting ourselves first
– The Mental Adventure, why we’re all on the journey together
– When suffering finds meaning; harnessing our experiences to inspire others
– What we can all be doing to support ourselves and those closest to us
Dan has also created some new talks during the recent pandemic –
Empathy and Compassion in a World of Covid-19
As an adaptation to Dan’s signature talk ‘The Power of Vulnerability and Putting Ourselves First’, this newly-designed talk dives deeper into the key issues so many of us are facing across the UK during this time of Covid-19.
Disconnection, uncertainty, loneliness, overwhelm, complacency, lack of identity and the fear of missing out are just some of the key issues Dan will address in this talk; done-so with sensitivity & empathy for everyone’s unique situation with two key messages at its heart: 1) that we’re all on this journey together and 2) that these chapters can so often leave us with incredible gifts which we can harness when looking to the future.
Obsessive Simplicity: Minimising Life’s Excess to Focus on What Really Matters Most
We’re living in a time where the demands on our energy, focus, and attention have never been greater. Infinite distractions, never-ending notifications, societal expectations, self-imposed pressures, the fear of missing out… the strain on our mental wellbeing is being challenged and stretched like never before and so many of us are struggling to keep up.
Drawing from his own experiences when Dan had to ‘start again’ and strip life back to the absolute essentials, Dan will leave every audience member feeling uplifted and empowered to move forward in life with a renewed sense of lightness – carrying only that which is essential or beautiful as we look to the future together.
“Dan’s session was one of the most inspirational things I have ever experienced. Every professional should hear Dan speak. Thanks for waking me up.”
— - Daisy Toomer, NHS Derby & Burton Teaching Hospitals
“Dan spoke for International Men’s Day to address the stigma around mental health in young men. Dan delivered a powerful and emotional session; delivered with true passion and connection with all members of our team. We wish Dan all the success he deserves to empower others to
speak up when we’re suffering.”
— — Matt Hewson, Aristocrat Technologies Europe
“I’ve hosted a lot of stages; spoken on many platforms; never have I seen an audience as connected and gripped by a story as they were with Dan. We laughed, we cried, and we did it together. An incredible story with a powerful message expertly delivered.”
— - Liam Lonsdale, Kendal Mountain Festival