VOICES FOR CHANGE, BRISBANE
Lived Experience Speakers - Mental Health Recovery
I want to say that suicidality, depression, bipolar mood disorder and PTSD are survivable. In fact, as we care for our body, mind and spirit, it is possible to create a life of meaning around, in-between and in spite of symptoms, recurring pain and confusion.
I have come out of the shadows of my own shame and guilt for having an illness that I did not choose, an illness that took away my values of choice, self-determination and a deep need to be independent. As a result of stepping out from this shadow, I have found that I am a person of compassion, kindness who uses new connections styles, and has a new sense of purpose for my life.
I bring an authentic, vulnerable presentation of my experiences, to enable conversation that breaks down stigma and shame and that opens our hearts to the possibilities that we all still have value. As an enthusiastic speaker I love to connect with an audience/group that wants to know how we can enrich the lives of our fellow man and ourselves when mental illness is present.
I have a Bachelor of Science in Zoology and Geology, a Diploma of Youth Work, I have worked as a professional Chaplain in the school system. I am 49 years old, still married to my Dave and we have raised two children into young adulthood. At home I spend hours with my Lorikeet, I enjoy knitting teddy bears for charity, I paint and I learn.
This is my story.