DAVID CHARKHAM BIOGRAPHY
‘Now that you’ve stopped, how do you stay stopped?’ David Charkham
Addiction Recovery Coach, Motivational Speaker and Actor, David Charkham has been engaged as an Ambassador to Asia’s most respected addiction rehabilitation centre, The Cabin for almost a year.
As an actor, David is known for old classics ‘2001 Space Odyssey’ (1968), ‘Crossroads’, two of the most iconic musicals of the 70s; ‘Hair’ and ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ and most recently playing Kiera Knightley’s father in The Imitation Game (2014).
After his own battle with addiction, David developed his Recovery Skills Programme in 1989. After 24 years as an NHS Recovery Skills Specialist, he now works across the music and entertainment industry, sharing his story ‘32 Years Sober’ and asking the key question ‘Now that you’ve stopped, how do you stay stopped?’
David, also known as the ‘Rock ‘n Roll Recovery Coach’ has worked with many famous faces, his journey with Ozzy Osborne and the family has been publicly acknowledged and spanned many years and continents. He is a co-patron of The Outside Edge Theatre Company (OETC), which supports recovering addicts and is the only theatre company working nationally and internationally producing work focused on substance-misuse. He works alongside co patrons Pierce Brosnan, Jimmy Page, Mark Rylance, Simon Woodroffe, and previously worked with the late founder Phil Fox, who set up the OETC in 1998. Sell- out play Chem Sex, co-produced by OETC is known for shaping the LGBTQ+ community, is currently in production at Soho Theatre and ties to part of David’s Ambassador commitments to The Cabin’s LGBT programme Resort 12 supported by Elton John and David Furnish.
David contributed extensively to bestselling novelist Mark Billingham’s book ‘Die of Shame’ and the lead character, The Counsellor, is based on him. The book depicts six people’s stories and deepest secrets on addiction; lies, regret and above all, shame, twisted within a murder mystery.
Alongside The Cabin and the various specialist programmes the clinic runs, David brings his wealth of experience, knowledge and support over his 32 years of sobriety.
“David Charkham is a skilled sober companion whose years of experience allowed me to feel safe. He saved my life numerous times on tour. I could not recommend him any higher.”
"A very wise, mature and likeable man who really knows his work. This is as good a return on investment as you can get anywhere."
Simon Woodroffe, founder YO! Sushi
“Having known David for many years I’ve been able to observe his expertise in assisting people on their journey of recovery. He is widely acknowledged in the Recovery Treatment Community as a leading operator and is one of the most credible individuals in an area where many mavericks operate. His wealth of knowledge, both within the NHS and the private sector, combined with his excellent communication skills, and his experience spanning over 2 decades, has earned him tremendous respect and an immaculate reputation. I am happy to highly recommend David as a Recovery Coach/Sober companion.”
Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe
Jonny Benjamin MBE is an award-winning mental health campaigner, film producer, public speaker, writer and vlogger.
At the age of 20 he was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, a combination of schizophrenia and bipolar, and later began making films on YouTube about the condition that have been watched by millions of people.
Jonny now speaks publicly about living with mental illness and has written articles and given various interviews on TV, Radio and in print around the world to help educate and break stigma. He has also produced and presented documentaries on BBC Three and Channel 4 on the subjects of mental health and suicide.
His 2014 social media campaign with Rethink Mental Illness to #findMike, the man who talked him out of jumping off a bridge when he was suicidal, went viral and led to Jonny becoming a prominent spokesperson on the subject of suicide.
In 2016 Jonny launched ThinkWell, a mental health programme for schools, which has so far been into secondary schools across the UK with huge success.
Jonny spent 2017 writing the first of 2 books on mental health that was published in May 2018. His second book, currently titled The Book Of Hope, will be a collection of quotes, poems and stories by himself and others to inspire recovery and hope. It will be published in 2020.
In 2019 Jonny launched his new mental health charity, Beyond Shame Beyond Stigma, together with Neil. Beyond Shame Beyond Stigma is a grant-giving organisation which aims to provide mental health support to young people, their families and teachers.
At the young age of 18, Kian Saville has had an incredibly challenging start to life. 8 years ago, investigations began into why he had started fitting; what they discovered was life-changing. He was diagnosed with brain tumour and Neurofibromatosis Type 2, a genetic condition that causes tumours to grow along the nerves. In Kian’s case, he had tumours on his eye nerves, ears and spinal cord and is blind in one eye.
Kian has undergone surgery to remove the brain tumour and is still undergoing regular chemotherapy. Coping with all of this has undoubtedly required incredible strength and bravery and he hasn’t allowed these huge hurdles to get in his way. Impressively, he represents Great Britain and the East Midlands Region in the Para-International Championships and World Para-Series and is an ambassador for Birmingham’s Children Hospital where he gives talks about his life experience and his dream is to continue growing his public speaking rol
Christopher is Harley Streets leading fear + phobia removal expert. Passionate about pulling people out of their negative patterns of behaviour, Christopher shows his clients how to finally be free of the emotions that have them trapped, like mental quicksand.
Through his strong understanding that issues are not to be labelled or put in a box, Christopher has developed a coaching style that is high energy, fast paced and balanced between laser focused, unconventional and light hearted.
This technique has resulted in a recipe for change that works swiftly at an incredibly deep level, ridding his clients of phobias, fears and anxiety.
Chris conquered his own phobia.
A lifelong student of personal transformation already deemed impossible by other professionals, Christopher has turned his life around from school dropout to his current position as an internationally recognized expert and guide in the areas of human behaviour and applied psychology.
After conquering his fear of public speaking to become a top NLP trainer, holding the highest level of certification from 3 different schools and studying many other therapeutic coaching and healing modalities (see below). Christopher rid himself of his own flying phobia – he found himself strapped to the OUTSIDE of a helicopter on a joy ride through the Pyrenees mountai
What a wonderful surprise to be named as the Emotional Wellbeing Champion for February.
In 2017 things were looking good for me. I was losing weight and feeling good. Then at the end of August things started to change.
I ignored the initial symptoms. I assumed that a healthier lifestyle was the cause of my rapid weight loss and change in bowel habits. Only after months of badgering from a few close friends did I finally give in a see my doctor. That was in March 2018. Yes it did take me that long. Although I had already worked out in my own mind what the problem was I still convinced myself it was something else.. haemorrhoids etc.
Wrong, it was bowel cancer. Of course the diagnosis scared me but through employing a positive mental attitude with humour, along of course with the excellent medical teams, I'm beating it.
Sharing my story has been cathartic. Talking privately with close friends has been an even bigger help, especially when depression kicks in and from that, although I’ve always encouraged people to talk to me privately if they have problems I’m now actively encouraging it through my social media updates and by privately messaging people who I think may have issues. Since my diagnosis and going public with my story a number of friends have contacted me for a chat and asked for help and advice in regards to whatever their problem is. Oh and most of them aren’t cancer related.
As for me, I’m beating my cancer. The tumour is gone, yes I have to live with an ileostomy for a while but that’s a small price to pay. Chemo is kicking my butt and making me feel like crap but that will end in a few months then it’s onwards and upwards.
The lesson is that any problem can be solved, a serious illness isn't always the end. Treat it as a new adventure... and talk.
Oh and if you have a few spare pennies please consider a donation to Dimbleby Cancer Care as charity helping cancer patients through treatment, recovery and beyond. http://www.dimblebycancercare.org/
What a lovely surprise and great honour it was to hear that I've been named champion of the month for MensRadioStation.com
I'm even prouder to be the first to get the award and if talking about my journey can help even one person do a bit better on their's then all that I went through will have been worthwhile.
I was unlucky enough to lose a leg to diabetes but you don't have to if you look for the signs, go for the checks and do your best to combat this plague on our modern times.
Its attacking our young and old alike and knows no barriers or boundaries so we have to fight it with everything we have. To avoid it in the first place and do minimise its effects if we've left it too late. As the programmes go on I'll be sharing my personal experience and thoughts on coping mechanisms along with good sound advice from guest medical professionals. So do join me right here on MensRadioStation.com for a bit of a chat. We may have an illness but we don't have to be ill.
Learning to walk again with a leg missing is a daunting prospect. But it can be done once you've worked out the basics, and never forget: tiny steps can cover the same distance as giant strides. It just takes a little longer. And my goodness its satisfying.
This is Dave R looking forward to speaking with you here on MensRadioStation.com soon.
Noel McDermott brings innovation and more than 25 years of industry experience as founder of several mental health care companies.
Psychotherapy and Consultancy Ltd offers counselling, advice and tailored support to individuals, couples, families and groups drawing from diverse experience and training, including cognitive behavioural, psycho-dynamic, arts and drama therapies. His latest company, Sober Help Ltd, founded in 2018, offers many of the same innovative approaches to therapy with a focus on recovery from addictions, recorrecting the relapse cycle and supporting the entire community with a clear goal toward life-long sobriety.
Both Psychotherapy and Consultancy Ltd and Sober Help Ltd provide bespoke ethical service with concierge level health and social care plans. The goal supporting individuals and families struggling with a range of problems in mental health, addiction, trauma and eating disorders, specialising in international services, coordinating families and care teams.
As public speaker and thought-leader, Noel supports health and social care professionals through education and professional business training.
Noel McDermott and his companies successfully balance clinical integrity and business efficiency. Additional: Noel is a regular spokesperson for UK media and featured in Spectator Health, BBC Radio Oxford, The Daily Mail, Daily Express, The Daily Telegraph, Closer, New! and Best.
Psychotherapist (HCPC reg AS00582),receiving post-graduate of therapy from University of Hertfordshire in 1996.
Peter Strange - Pressing the RESET button for your Body & Mind
Peter’s career in Health and Fitness began in 1995 after the realisation that he would not be able to pursue his dream of a career in sport due to serious back and knee injuries sustained in his teenage years.
Despite his initial disappointment, he was able to channel his frustration into an overwhelming desire to understand and conquer his own pain and then to help others overcome pain and injury and realise their true performance potential through optimal health and wellbeing.
He has since built his reputation as a specialist in providing Pain Solutions and empowering Performance Success, often transforming the lives of his clients through an exceptional ability to quickly resolve both chronic and acute physical and emotional pain issues and facilitate improvements in performance both for sport and life in general.
His extensive studies and clinical experience have led him to develop The RESET Method (Rebalancing Energy for Structural and Emotional Transformation) which encompasses elements from Applied Kinesiology, Neuromuscular Therapy, Qi Gong Healing, Emotional Freedom Technique and more, blended seamlessly to achieve energetic balance in the body and mind and address pain from both a structural and emotional perspective.
Through intuitive reasoning and an understanding of the body’s subtle energies and the common metaphysical themes related to specific body parts, Peter is able to help clients identify and resolve emotional issues that are causing them pain whilst also enhancing their conscious and subconscious awareness of the interconnected workings of their body and mind. This increases the probability of the body being able to heal itself, should the same imbalances occur in the future.
In rare cases where there is no pain or imbalance that can be detected in the physical body, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is another incredibly effective tool that Peter is able to use for releasing the emotional attachment to traumatic events, limiting beliefs, addictive tendencies and fears or phobias. This is achieved through the stimulation of specific acupressure points alongside the use of powerful verbal affirmations and offers a relatively painless and often dramatically quicker alternative to conventional psychotherapy methods.
The RESET Method has also been shown to work just as effectively over great distances and sometimes with even more profound results and Peter is able to apply the same diagnostic and treatment protocols by using his own body as a surrogate for that of his client whilst working through any emotional issues that arise directly with the client. EFT can also be delivered remotely.
Alongside treatment, Peter’s clients are empowered to make necessary changes in their own lives through Corrective and High-Performance Exercise and Holistic Lifestyle Coaching and this powerful combination of treatment and the client's own active participation ensure that the perfect balance of optimal health is both achieved and maintained.
Whether your aim is to recover from injury, become pain free, improve sports performance or remove physical, mental or emotional blockages that prevent you from performing at your very best, Peter Strange has the tools to ensure that you achieve the success you truly deserve.
W: www.peterstrange.co.uk P: 020 7458 4884 E: email@example.com
MSBHelp.co.uk (Mental Health Solutions in Business) The service offers training for companies own in-house staff to help identify problems and facilitate help; a ‘keep up to date’ service to ensure employers are always aware of changes to the Equality Act as they happen and access to 24/7 professional counselling – anywhere – for their workers. Caseloads have included advising both employers and employees not just on their rights against being treated fairly and without discrimination in the workplace but also against bullying both from employers and other employees. we teach the boss how to get it right which helps in turn the employees, helping both employers and employees avoid the tribunal courts.
The online counselling clinic division of MSBHelp.co.uk is called TOSPS.com , founded in 2014 and swiftly went on to gain cyber security awards for its secure portal from Innovate UK. Offering instant and pre-booked counselling sessions available 24/7 via video link. With counsellors talking in over 27 languages and available to provide counselling via mobile phones, tablets and pc in any location worldwide so long as there is an Wi-Fi connection. 2017-2018 national runner up in the technology awards uk our online counselling website is a front runner in the provision of online counselling and will provide a valuable tool for employers to help take instant care of employees mental health long-term or in a crisis situation.
Director at Mental Health Solutions in Business Ltd
Founding Director and M.D of The one stop psychotherapy shop ltd (set up 2014).
Considerable experience working within the mental health industry at a top level, Irish-born Bernadette won a cyber security award for online mental health counselling in 2016. She is the successful author of multiple CPD accredited training courses in the field of mental health for businesses and a runner up in the National Technology Awards 2017. Her long-term background includes expertise in Information technology.
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