About the Moose

As I have more new followers I thought maybe it would be good to tell you more about me. Even as a reintroduction to my old followers and update you on the man behind the moose.

In 2012 I was diagnosed with “high intensity depression” this set me on the path of blogging as I wanted to share my story to help others (men in particular, who are not as open about mental health).

I live in East London, England and manage a post office in Essex.

I’m 39 years old and in November will turn 40, frankly I will be glad to see the back of my 30s as for the most part they have been fucking awful.

I have two wonderful kids Brandon is 18 now and just got into Brunel university, lilybet is 9 and is just a sweetheart.

Since I started this journey i have been married, divorced, engaged and now I’m single and rebuilding. My hearts fragile and stupid but its part of my charm that I love too much and too easily (maybe?)

I have a wonderful group of friends, Karl Amy, Debbie, Mary, Antonella and Ali who no matter what have always been there for me. As well as many others who I can count on when needed and for these people im very fortunate to have in my life. Even if I drive them mad by not listening at times.

Despite suffering from depression, homeless periods and low self esteem I have managed to be a person who I hope people know they can come to for help, advice, a place to vent and general amoosement (amusement! See what I did there)

I smoke too much, I eat too much, I weigh too much and have more chins than I would like….

I love people, being around others. I feed off other peoples company and like being the centre of attention.

Im determined to make this blog as successful as it was in its prime 5 years ago. I like sharing my stories with people. I chose not to be anonymous (anonymoose) when I started so that people could put a face to the blogs and as a result have made many new friends from all over the world.

I have 3 books on Amazon. Available in paperback and kindle formats. These are the proudest achievements of my life besides my awesome kids. I’ve sold about 1000 books!! Mainly to myself but still..

I’m a survivor. I’ve been at rock bottom attempted an overdose and come through it. If i can…you can

Im happy. Genuinely happy. Despite the shit I’ve been through i have reached a point in my life where I enjoy my own company and have everything I need right now.

I also run a successful escort service where im available for hours nights weeks and long haul cruises and holidays….. I mean this may not be true but putting it out there just in case there is a market for it

Oh and I happen to think im very funny. My colleagues at work may be sick of hearing the same jokes multiple times a day but i still giggle like a child everytime.

So there you have it. An update on Garry Aka Moose. 39 single and remembering all the good I offer, whilst ignoring the bad…

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Moose and Mind

As you all know by now I am a big supporter to the charity Mind having raised funds for them with my 5k and 10k runs.

Recently I was pleased to see they were looking for some new people to be the face of their new campaigns and what with me being reluctant to be in the spotlight (cough cough) I put my name forward and applied.

It was a great moment when I received an email back saying I had been selected to attend a photo shoot along with around 16 people.

It is a real honour to have my face on Mind literature, adverts etc, to be associated with the charity in this face. Knowing my ugly mug will be seen by lots of people in connection with mental health is really a proud moment for me.

So, having watched Zoolander for tips on my poses and how to “make love” to the camera of I headed today for the shoot.

The highlight of the day was meeting fellow supporters of Mind who were all there because we want to make a difference, we want to be a human face to people to show that anyone is susceptible to Mental Health Illness and that it can affect anyone regardless of race, gender and class.

Heck even us mammals are known to suffer with depression from time to time 😀

I cannot wait to see the finished photos with me smiling out to show the world that I am proud to be known as a mental health illness sufferer. I am already anticipating lots of magazines/tube adverts being thrust under my nose with a pen and I will happily sign any of them – once the donation has hit my Paypal account – after all I can’t be having my autographed items popping up on eBay.

But more importantly, if one person sees the photos and it makes them seek the help they need then all the pain and suffering endured under the glare of the camera today will have been worth it. Oh how I suffered for my art today, tea and food on tap….

As well as the photos I was interview on camera and via audio – I loved every minute of it – This moose does not do bashful or shy in front of a camera.

A massive thank you to everyone at Mind for organising the day, especially the staff at Greenwich Mind who made the day fly by with their friendly atmosphere and chat.

It really was a wonderful day and I am proud of myself for applying and actually going through with it.

My plan for world domination and became “famoose” is taking shape….

The depressed moose, mental health campaigner and now model extraordinaire – for more photo shoots please contact my agent directly….

The Amazing Support of Strangers

It is a strange thing to accept when complete strangers offer you so much love, support and understanding than what you get from family and friends.

Twitter and WordPress are becoming so much more than just a place to be heard for me lately and I find so much support from people that at times it takes my breath away.

Is it a simple case of being surrounded by people with the same issues as me so they are more supportive because they understand more? They have been through the difficulties I experience and are more willing to share ideas or kind words to help?

It is so nice to see someone tweet about how bad things are and watch when people rush to respond in a positive light, it is like being part of a true community. You can write anything without the fear of judgement from friends safe in the knowledge that others will offer you words of encouragement because they know exactly how you feel. On Facebook I get little response if I write about how bad I am doing but this is not the case on twitter or WordPress. Although I have more “friends” on twitter and wordpress, my facebook account has around 180 friends but only 5 or 6 people who talk to me on a regular basis, and that is fine with me.

Twitter has been so much fun over the weekend, making new friends with people who follow me because of this blog. Do a search on twitter for #famoose and you can see a game a few of us played changing films titles, song titles and tv shows to include the word moose. I really had not laughed so hard for such a long time it was one of the best hours of my life for the longest time!

I hope I continue getting to know people on twitter better because some of these people really make me laugh, special mentions to the following who are top top people!

@bearhelp

@debbyfdenny

@stuckinscared

@lifeontheedge2

@st_jimmy_77 – inventor of #famoose

@minitashy

but there are many others who are always in my list as people who retweet links or are the first to reply to any tweet I send.

I thought I was doing something wrong on twitter but suddenly it is becoming a lot more fun for me than Facebook

It appears that people with mental health illnesses really do look out for one another and I for one love it!