Charlie Gray is one of the miraculous survivors of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York who now uses his experiences to be an inspirational mental health speaker. Finding himself right at the centre of one of history’s most traumatic events, Charlie uses his platform as a force for good, encouraging people to grasp opportunities and achieve their dreams as we never know what life might throw our way. Having struggled with his mental health in the wake of the disaster Charlie knows all too well the burden it can place on a person. That’s why his mental health speaking events are among the most powerful and insightful on the circuit.
On the 11th September 2001, Charlie was going about his day-to-day life when the 9/11 terror attack unfurled right in front of him. To this day it remains one of the worst disasters in global history and the event had a profound impact on Charlie. Following the tragedy, he suffered from PTD and survivor’s guilt and often draws on these experiences when conducting his mental health speaking events.
Despite being a Londoner, Charlie lived and worked in New York for 36 years prior to the attack. Working in the financial sector he was working for ICAP when the attack took place placing him at the epicentre of the devastation. Witnessing such a horrendous event gave Charlie a newfound appreciation for life, a message he looks to spread throughout his mental health speaking events.
Alongside his speaking work, Charlie has also started his own business- NineOneOne Ventures. The company’s name is a reference to both the date of the attack and the USA’s emergency services number. Charlie uses the venture to explain his personal experiences with 9/11 giving a unique perspective that is sure to leave audiences in awe.
One of the most engaging and thought-provoking mental health speakers around, audiences always leave his events motivated and inspired to make a real impact on the world around them.
“Thank you to Charlie for his presentation, and for spending over half an hour answering questions from students including the nature of communication issues immediately after the attacks, further details on the specific support that emergency teams were able to provide, marking the events with acts of remembrance, and the longer-term impact on himself as well as family and friends. For students preparing for careers in travel and uniformed public services, the opportunity to hear about these events first-hand from Charlie was invaluable for their development, increased their understanding recent historical events, and added meaning to the news coverage that they will see this week related to the attack.” – Mid Kent College