With over 35,000 followers across social media platforms, Shaun Flores is an influencers who use his creativity to inspire and educate his followers on topics of inclusion, masculinity, identity and mental health, in particular OCD.
Diagnosed with OCD aged 27, Shaun discovered that only 89p per person is spent researching OCD, even though 1 in 100 people have the condition.
He works with several charities and companies to promote the importance of mental health research, treatment, and support.
With a traumatic background and front-line experience of negative mental health, Shaun is an informative, honest, and passionate keynote speaker who will provide an inspirational experience for every audience.
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It’s not an exaggeration to say that Shaun Flores had a tough upbringing. When he was just six years old, his father died. Just eight years later, his stepfather moved into a nursing home due to a worsening of his vascular dementia. His aunt – who had been looking after him after his father’s death – was diagnosed with pancreatic and metastatic liver cancer. Shaun himself tore his anterior cruciate ligament, damaged his medial cruciate ligament in his knee, and fractured his leg. To make matters worse, he came down with severe pneumonia, which required hospitalisation.
But it didn’t stop there. He sadly learnt that his cousin had been murdered; in therapy, he was informed of his half-brother’s death, before being told that his mother’s sister had died. It’s hard to believe that one man could go through all of this, but it meant he has a deep understanding of grief, which may have influenced his developing Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
Shaun actually has two types of OCD – Sexual Orientation OCD, and Harm OCD. Sexual Orientation OCD is obsessiveness about your own sexual orientation, whereas Harm OCD is about the intrusive thoughts one may have about hurting themselves or others. Shaun’s OCD diagnosis led him down a path of fear, anxiety and depression. With the help he needed, he came through this and started looking into how to support other sufferers, particularly looking into the dated and untrue beliefs about the condition. He was also very passionate about being a black person with OCD, as he felt the community was heavily saturated with white voices.
Thanks to this, Shaun has become a popular and highly-regard public speaker. He presented a piece on diversifying curriculums at Roehampton University’s 2017 BAME conference and provided insight during their Mental Health Day event later that year.
He is also a very popular TED speaker, first talking about the education system in 2018 in a piece titled ‘The Failures of Multiculturalism’ followed by ‘The Straitjacket of Masculinity’ in 2022 about masculinity and male mental health – you can watch both talks below. He is due to complete a third TED talk about psychedelics and a possible mental health revolution.
– Diversity, Equality and Inclusion
– Mental Wellbeing
– Overcoming Obstacles
Outside of his work on mental health, Shaun is a successful model who has worked with ASOS, John Lewis, Papa John, Peloton and UBER, has walked at London Fashion Week, and has been featured in magazines including Candid and Vogue Italia. He is a freelance journalist who has written for South West London, The Common Sense Network, The Metro, Inews, Disability Expo, and The Book of Man; he has appeared on a number of vlogs and podcasts – including The OCD Stories Podcast, The Panic Podcast, Happiful Magazine Podcast, and All Things Hard Podcast, being interviewed on things like fatherlessness, societal topics, and his OCD.
He is also the host of the Flower Hour podcast, where he aims to bridge societal gaps and produce a more inclusive society by discussing topics such as race, politics, music, social media, sexuality, religion, self-confidence, masculinity, inclusion, diversity, mental health, and rehabilitation. Guests include life coach Africa Brooke, founder of the Black Curriculum Lavinya Stenett, and Free Black University member Melz Owusu.
As the lead organiser for TEDx University of Sheffield, I contacted Shaun to be a speaker curator for our event given his previous broad experience in public speaking. He did an outstanding job coaching our speakers drawing upon his experiences and own strategies, providing them with excitement and motivation. Shaun is a fantastic public speaker with experience in TEDx events and always willing to help, approachable and involved. It was a pleasure working with him.
Maria, TEDx University of Sheffield Lead Organiser
Shaun is one of those rare speakers capable of provoking thought and stirring emotion. Having invited him onto my BMTstories platform – and had the offer returned with an interview for his podcast series – I have witnessed first-hand his unique ability to probe complex issues and plumb the depths of his own lived experience to share invaluable gems.
Alain, Founder of BMTstories
I had the pleasure to see Shaun deliver an incredible talk at the TEDx Sheffield Hallam University 2022. He is a powerful speaker with an incredible presence. Shaun speaks from the heart and his message is unique and authentic. I highly recommend him as a speaker for your next event or conference. He is one of a kind!
Jose, NLP Master Trainer
Shaun provided a heart-warming, honest and informative understanding of living with OCD. The group were really engaged, and Shaun took the time to answer every question. He received lots of positive feedback and I would recommend him to any organisation.
Shaun is an electrifying public speaker. His passion for the subject matter is infectious. Almost instantly, people can gain a fresh perspective on important issues that are affecting our everyday lives and transform perception through his effortless skill. Shaun has the deep professional expertise, and it shows. He draws on his own lived experience to illustrate the change that is needed in society today – which he and his work is spearheading. His sessions are packed with illuminating anecdotes, surprising paradoxes, and a refreshing dose of authenticity. Shaun is a lively and provocative speaker on such sensitive and important topics. He is well-connected and a trusted resource on public speaking, presentations and sessions and opens such important dialogue through his work. It is my pleasure to give Shaun my highest recommendation as a keynote and public speaker. He continues to deliver valuable information and insight in an inspiring manner.
Annabelle, Emerging Talent Diversity Advisor, HSBC
CoachBright is a social mobility charity working with disadvantaged young people across England. Shaun spoke at two of our City University graduations – trips designed to celebrate our students’ hard work and inspire excitement for their futures – to both GCSE and A Level students. Shaun’s thoughtful, honest and encouraging speeches on mental health and perseverance held the room throughout, and led to many insightful questions. Thank you so much Shaun!