Why We exist
FOUNDER AND MASTER INSTRUCTOR
Growing up, both my parents served in the Australian Regular Army (ARA) for over 20 years, also many of my mates have served in the Australian Defence Force. I can relate to the ‘get on with it’ attitude that many Australians live by. Similarly, the stigma surrounding opening up about vulnerable feeling while working in a culture of binge drinking.
I have spent the last 12 years working in high pressure environments, including running my own business, various sales and business development roles and FIFO construction, I understand the significant impact that stress and isolation can have on one’s mental well-being.
In 2018, I joined a team of in-home support workers for a friend that was involved in a serious car accident resulting in a traumatic brain injury. This is where I cemented first-hand the skills needed to assist someone having suicidal thoughts, living with PTSD and severe depression.
My drive to help others to understand how they can manage mental health illness was ignited through a series of personal experiences. After a few difficult years of struggling with depression and anxiety, I was hit with the grief of losing two people close to me. To numb the pain, I drank and self-medicated which only compounded my problems – leaving me at my lowest.
It has been a turbulent journey, however ultimately one of post-traumatic growth. I can attest to the supreme importance of communication and engaging with professional services. Through my lived experiences, ability to connect with others and use of the MHFA framework, I aim to empower people to take action, educate themselves and support people with mental health problems. It very well could save a life.
Our vision is
Beyond All Bounds
We’re passionate about mental health and empowering everyday Australians with the knowledge and skills to provide support to those who are suffering from mental illness.
Our vision is to inspire all; to make mental health part of everyday open conversation, a place where mental wellness is the accepted foundation of our community. Through education and action, we can reduce Australia’s rate of suicide, using compassion as the tip of the spear.
This is the fabric of our culture and the framework for all the decisions we make each day.
We give a damn. The action of understanding, being aware and showing compassion to the thoughts and experiences of another person, is immeasurably powerful. It can be enough to save a life.
We’re real. We value the honesty and integrity that comes with being your true authentic self.
We care about what we do. The fuel that feeds the fire comes from a prolific commitment to create change.
Whether people are rebuilding after tragedy and or trauma, or focused on personal progression, we aim to be help others be better than yesterday.
We value a sense of belonging. Bringing people together to advocate and assist each other is extremely powerful.
We keep learning. By challenging our level of knowledge and skills, we become better equipped to make a positive impact on society.