Jordan’s Space on Yowah Radio
Show 31 – From a frenzied attack to the launch of the iTalk app – an interview with Darren Barden.
“𝘐 𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘥 𝘮𝘺 𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘴 𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘪𝘯 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘮𝘦…. 𝘐’𝘮 𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘣𝘭𝘰𝘸𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘰𝘥𝘺. 𝘐 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥𝘯’𝘵 𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘭 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘩𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘦𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨. 𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘢 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘰𝘥 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘐 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘴𝘢𝘵 𝘪𝘯 𝘢 𝘧𝘰𝘦𝘵𝘢𝘭 𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘭𝘰𝘰𝘳, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘐 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘫𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘭 𝘮𝘺 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘥 𝘣𝘦𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘣𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘴𝘪𝘥𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘪𝘥𝘦.”
Sometime, shortly after midnight on 7th of October 1996, two men knocked on Darren Barden‘s front door. While his wife and one year old son were upstairs in bed, these two individuals set about Darren in a frenzied attack, stabbing him with several different blades and leaving Darren for dead with more than 40 stab wounds.
This tragic case of mistaken identity almost ended Darren’s life. 13 years later, the trauma of that event would come back to haunt Darren and his family, when he developed extreme symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which led to him contemplating suicide.
On this episode of Jordan’s Space, Darren shares the details of the horrific attack he experienced, his battle with PTSD and how this led to his work in supporting the mental health of those working in construction. He will also talk about the new mental health and suicide prevention app, iTalk, he has co-founded, to be launched in December 2023.