A Wimbledon man who suffered a stroke while at work has spoken out about his battle of depression.

Dave Nathan had a major stroke while on the nightshift at Sainsbury’s five years ago.

He has a partner and four step children, who were aged from 6 to 16 at the time of his stroke.

The 49-year-old's stroke left him with impaired mobility, a constant "hangover-style" headache, double vision and severe depression. Just three months after his stroke, Dave was struggling with severe depression, and considered ending his life.

“I was suffering with depression but was in so much denial that I couldn’t admit it,” he said.

“It creeps up on you gradually in stealth mode and grabs you by the throat without you even knowing.

"I kept thinking 'what if I can never go back to work, I won’t be able to look after anything feeling like this, let alone provide for the family'.”

For half an hour, Dave stood on a platform at Wimbledon station. However, the consequences of what would happen changed his mind.

“I’m not sure what it was, either the sun coming out or the ‘on’ switch flicking on in my brain but something changed and I thought ‘this is not for me’ and I actually started thinking rationally,” the father of two added.

“This is not the way I want to be remembered. And kept thinking about the people who had got me this far.

The medical team in hospital who had worked tirelessly to bring me back out of death’s door. My family who had shown so much love, patience and compassion. I owed it to them to keep fighting.

“I walked out of the station with a new attitude and made it clear to myself that I was going to get better.

"Each day I would improve on the day before, however small an improvement. Thankfully that was the lowest point I felt during my recovery and those times are well behind me.”

Dave was able to start a phased return to work a little less than six months after his stroke. Problems with his eyesight persisted, but 16 months on he had an operation to physically realign his right eye and cure his double vision.

To raise awareness of stroke and reach out to other survivors, Dave wrote a frank account of his journey in a book, “The World Through One Eye”, which he has self-published and is available on Amazon.