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Clive Branson

Positive Mental Health Advocate and Ex-Royal Air Force & Ministry of Defence

After serving three years in the Royal Air Force, Clive spent seventeen years with the Ministry of Defence. Working in Industrial Relations, he gained qualifications in employment law and occupational health and safety. However, the one area that Clive continually studied and ultimately excelled in is the human condition.

Back in 2017, a series of earth-shattering events began to unfold, that was to change the course of Clive’s life forever. His father was suffering from Parkinsons’ disease and Dementia, and he passed away the following year. A referral to Oxford Hospital resulted in Clive being diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease, and shortly afterwards, a routine blood test discovered that Clive was also suffering from stage two Prostate Cancer.

An ordinarily confident, positive and determined family man, very quickly succumbed to acute anxiety and vivid fear of the outside world. Ten weeks in psychiatric hospital followed, and on his return home, the realisation dawned that he had lost his income, his confidence, but crucially his identity.

In addition, Clive’s mother passed away suddenly from complications in hospital during Covid which further left Clive and his family in a distraught and troubling time. Clive now views the world through a different lens, and points out that “You only live once!” is actually incorrect, “You only die once, and you get to live life every single day!”

Clive is determined to share his story and actively demonstrate the power of positivity and self-belief, leaving audiences feeling inspired, and with practical tips to take away to implement to their lives.

- Discovering resilience
- Overcoming adversity
- Learning to live life on life's terms
- Self-compassion
- Adopting a positive mindset
- Discovering your Identity
- Effective Communication