Alex Dawson – Keynote Speaker

Co-Founder of The BroProject, Mental Health and Wellbeing speaker and Movember Ambassador

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Specialist Subjects

  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Resilience in the face of adversity
  • Wellbeing
  • Sharing Vulnerability


  • English


Alex Dawson was a police officer until 3rd December 2023 when he was medically retired due to a diagnosis of chronic PTSD. Having been a Detective Sergeant for 20 of those 25 years he saw the worst sights, investigated the worst crimes and had to deliver the worst news. A lot of this now sits in a box in his head and when he is triggered, the box opens and he has to deal with what comes out.

This led to his breakdown in 2018 and some very dark thoughts. Back then, he didn’t realise it was ok to not be ok, that he could ask for help, that others would be going through the same thing. He thought he just had to carry on being a dad, a husband, a son a friend and a police officer. He didn’t realise he wasn’t really being any of these things, but was in some kind of survival mode. On Tuesday 27th March 2018 the question he asked his wife that brough everything crashing down was “What colour are the cupboard doors?” The most insignificant question to anyone else, but, maybe, the most significant question he ever asked.

A couple of hours after this he was with his GP. She ended up signing him off for almost 6 months. The journey Alex went on during this time and post his return to work in September 2018 has been hard, but, a very different person now, Alex Dawson is able to talk openly about how he feels, what he went through and still goes through. Alex talk honestly about living with mental ill health, depression, anxiety and vulnerability. He talks positively about his ongoing experience with mental ill health and how it has motivated him to create a community, free of any stigma, that supports everyone and anyone.

Popular Talks by Alex Dawson

Mental health and wellbeing

What it is to me? What it could be to you? How we deal with it & How we improve it.

Resilience in the face of adversity

Just when you think you are doing well, something happens. Whether big or small, you have to come back from it and recover. How do we do that?

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