To introduce myself, my name is Alex Roberts I am an artist, who lives and works in London. I work predominantly with paint, but explore other media such as film and installation too. I'm also a supporter of the Time to Change campaign.
“People, don't you understand, The child needs a helping hand? Or he'll grow to be an angry young man someday. Take a look at you and me, Are we too blind to see? Do we simply turn our heads And look the other way?”
When I was a young boy, pop star Adam Ant was one of my heroes. My dad delights in recalling how I used to jump off our sofa, emulating the highwayman’s leap onto a horse in the video for Stand and Deliver, which I loved watching on Top of the Pops.
In the space of a week in February 2007 my life changed forever. I was halfway through my second year of university when I started having panic attacks out of nowhere. I couldn't concentrate on anything, or go to my lectures or seminars. Eventually I had to go back home to my parents' house in London, where I have been ever since.
I have been meaning to write a blog about the Time To Change roadshow in Exeter for a while. Now I’ve come to do it I actually feel that the times has given me better reflections than if I’d done it earlier on.