Interviewer: how are you doing?
So, I’m Paul Robinson, I’m 35. I work for first direct.
3 words to describe yourself?
Ahhh, the worst questions ever!
Very outgoing, although that’s probably… we’ll just use outgoing.
Probably fun?! I don’t know, it depends, other people might disagree. But, yeah… fun.
No, I can’t tell you my secret crush because then that wouldn’t be a secret any more, so…
Most annoying personality trait?
I’ve got a very loud laugh.
*Laughs out loud*
Can we talk about lockdown?
No! Must we talk about lockdown?!
Umm, yeah. It’s been a bit of a wild ride.
I went into the first lockdown in a relationship and came out of it single. So, take from that what you will.
How did you deal with the break-up?
Because we kind of came out of that first lockdown and went straight into summer and we could go outside and do things and see people…
I kind of pushed a lot of the stuff that I hadn’t dealt with during lockdown to one side and didn’t really deal with it.
*deep breath* …trying not to get upset about it.
When did you realise you really weren’t ok?
Errr, back end of September when I kind of stepped away from work.
I remember the day quite well, because, it was a Wednesday.
I was on the phone to my Team Manager and I was just crying down the phone.
When she said to me: ‘Are you ok?’
And I think just from the fact I couldn’t get my words out, it was evident that I wasn’t ok.
What happened once you opened up?
The next few weeks I started kind of speaking to people and got some professional help.
Talking definitely, definitely helped.
It wasn’t just professional as well, it was some of my closest friends and they know who they are.
They really kind of got me through those darker, darker weeks and months.
What advice would you give to anyone who can relate to how you felt?
Don’t sit and suffer in silence, speak to someone.
I have been in that place where I’ve felt that I couldn’t talk to anyone.
It honestly is just a massive, massive difference just to get the words out and say things.
Talking is powerful