My name is Helena Bourdillon.  I am 44 years old, have survived and triumphed over chronic depression and since then, have represented Great Britain twice at the AIDA Individual Freediving Depth World Championships and will do so again this September, when they will be held in Villefranche sur Mer, France.

When I’m not in the water, I speak of my journey to positive mental health, incorporating the knowledge and skills that I have learned during my recovery process as well as those gained from freediving and how these can be easily translated  into healthier lifestyles and businesses (without the need to hold your breath!)

As a breath trainer, I show people how to gain better health, physically and mentally by using their breathing apparatus fully, as nature intended.

My message is one of encouragement and hope, survival and resilience.  Through telling my story, I am daring to inspire people to follow their dreams, to see what they are capable of achieving.

The following short film is my story so far, created by master story-teller Simeon Quarrie,


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