How Mental Illness Derailed the Career of a Promising Young Skateboarder

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Paul Alexander was a young British skateboarder full of charisma and drive. He discovered the opportunities of sponsorship, travelling and recognition during a move from Leicester to Bristol in his late teens. Living with professional skateboarder Danny Wainwright he became engulfed in the fun, responsibility free lifestyle that came with his chosen pursuit of becoming a pro skateboarder. Paul seemed destined for success then something came to get him, something he’d never experienced before that would take his personal goals and freedom far away from his grasp in a seemingly never ending battle. This is his story, directed by friend and skateboarding companion Tim Crawley.





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These dudes are talking like the mans dead, he’s still around, go kick it with em,

Author — Brandon Numbskull

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His friends keep referring to him in past tense. No wonder he's ill. They act like he's dead.
Seems once his skateboarding career slowed down his friends bounced.

Author — Murder Inc. Hunting

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These guys ain’t homies. Homies got your back, they stick with you even through the hardest times. He may be a different person today, but if they were his homies they’d still have his back

Author — Hecking Heck

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This dude didn’t have a single real friend back then. That must have hurt him so deeply.. I wish him the best and I hope his life is better now.

Author — conservat1vepatr1ot DL

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This should also bring to everyone's attention how often we let our boys and men down when they suffer from mental illness. We have to do better.

Author — ᯽JuliannaH 5782᯽

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The way they spoke about him and reminisced the memories they had with him, I genuinely thought he was dead until they interviewed him at 6:12

Author — Cold Polar Bear

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People say they care but the minute you say you're depressed or bi-polar they take 2 steps back away from you.

Author — Dank Mheems

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lol sorry its pissing me off more than it should that his friends refer to him in past tense. lol is that how people see myself when i cut off contact because I’m mental?

Author — angelofdeath275

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ofc they wanted to be his "friend" when he was on the cover of magazines...
if someone only calls you their friend because of some skill or ability they aren't a friend, they're a fan.

Author — king james488

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Alot of highly intelligent and creative people walk a fine line between reality and madness.

Author — sleuth 2077

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Bro, I thought he was dead for the first 6 minutes because of the way his friends talk about him.

Author — Wayne Campbell

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This video is the best definition of “Fake Friends”

Author — Rodolfo Hernandez

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His homies always asked "Where's Paul?" but never "How's Paul?"

Author — DNTV

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Any of his friends that said what a great guy he was and how they all loved to be around him, but now can't even give him a visit are scumbugs.

Author — Scott End

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If they think he's a legend why dont the help him get back on his feet

Author — m d

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To everyone hating on the friends: One of my best friends from high school was diagnosed with schizophrenia in his mid 20s after a long decent into madness. We used to kick it all the time. I'm telling you it's super hard to maintain a friendship when someone changes like that. It literally gets to the point to where I didn't feel completely safe being around them because they could flip like a switch saying some really crazy shit. A couple times he even went on rants about how it was my fault his life was fucked up now. Like to the point where I thought it was possible he could go on a murder spree while I was sleeping. We're still in contact here and there but TBH I don't think I would be comfortable having him around anymore.

Author — H3MPY

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13:00 I wish he'd see these comments. You weren't gonna be a pro skater, you ARE a pro skater dude. This made me so emotional, damn wish I could chill with people like him.

Author — Silencewithinme

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Smoking any psychoactive drug at 12, and then heavily at 13 whilst your brain is still developing is not a great idea, however it is very fun! We all did it all though and kids will be kids, and it's even tougher when your'e surrounded by it in the scene. At that age, you would never appreciate that some people are just genetically higher risk to mental illness than others. Hope you're feeling better Paul, great documentary and loved the laundrette scene!

Author — Underwoodj1

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People are so you're doing well everyone wants some but when you're down can't find a single soul

Author — Courtney Gillespie

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Were people scared of him because he started talking about his emotional issues or because he started talking like a mental patient?

Author — Hjärnan Masken