Richard Kirby was born in York in 1964 and lives near Middlesborough, UK. He was diagnosed with depression in 2004, a diagnosis that was refined ten years later to dysthymia, a mild, but chronic form of depression. Having first revealed his mental health issues in 2011, Richard began to both write and talk openly about his feelings and how the condition affected his life. Then, in 2014, he embarked on a series of ‘challenges’, designed to raise mental health awareness. Almost four years, and approaching one hundred challenges, later, Richard now has the chance to tell his story; and prove that it is possible to find the strength to fight back.