Dan Keeley is an unshakable optimist who believes in world where the vast majority of the UK population feel empowered to speak up when we’re suffering.
Described as “one of the UK’s most passionate & captivating mental health activists”, Dan is on a mission to collaborate & create the world he believes in, one where every single one of us has the courage, support & safe space to speak up when we’re suffering.
In 2012, at the age of 27, Dan experienced a full-scale psychotic episode which left him preaching from the middle lane of major motorway in Italy at rush hour. After 6 months of elevating mood and ignoring all the warning signs, Dan’s mind took him from believing he we was ‘the next Mark Zuckerberg’, to ‘the next Steve Jobs’, to believing we was ‘The Chosen One’, all driven by early childhood trauma and an unrestrained obsession to ease as much of the world’s suffering going on at the time.
By definition, Dan lost his sanity. With a clear diagnoses of Bipolar Disorder, Dan spent time in psychiatric wards before facing a crippling 6 month period of clinical depression which left him wanting to take my own life. Thankfully, with the incredible support network around him coupled with life-saving talking therapy & medication, Dan started his long yet progressive journey of recovery, speaking openly about his experiences at every stage and seeing the affect his words would have on those around him (so often giving permission for others to speak up about their personal struggles).
Fast-track to 2017, now with 5 years of sharing his experiences publicly and on a growing number of media platforms, Dan knew he had to create a project to share his story on a truly national scale, and so Rome To Home was born. In the summer of 2017, Dan returned to Italy but this time (instead of standing in the middle of a motorway) Dan would successfully set-out to run 1250 miles (solo & self-supported) from the Colosseum in Rome back to the London Eye over 65 life-affirming days, with astonishing results.
Broadcasting his adventure daily, Dan raised over £17,000 for a leading mental health charity and positively impacted the lives of hundreds of others struggling with severe mental health difficulties at the time, all of which was celebrated in style with a huge welcome at the London Eye on the 28th October 2017.
Since then and as we speak today, you’ll rarely find Dan doing anything other than trail-blazing his mission by delivering powerful live talks with many of the UK’s most forward-thinking organisations committed to investing & improving the mental-wellbeing of their workforce.
As an extension of his vision, Dan is also the Founder & Mission Director of #AREWEOKUK: the social movement with a clear mission to inspire & empower the UK to speak up when we’re suffering so that together we can show future generations how it’s done. Dan is also a proud Salomon Brand Ambassador, Yes Tribe Ambassador, Alpine Ski Instructor, Husband, Father and family man.
If you believe in the world Dan is trying to create, he wants to hear from you.