Our presenters are of diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, ages and outlooks.
They each come with a variety of exeriences and engaging stories of mental health recovery....
Voices for Change Presenters recieve:
Ongoing public speaking & professional development.
Preparation, support and debriefing for presentations.
Support from a network of peers and professional staff
I have a lived experience of psychosis and hallucinatory phenomena. I’m a strong believer in peer support, and through building relationships with others who have ‘been there’ I have learned over time how to live with unusual states of mind without being derailed by them...
Since 2007, I have been working to provide support to others in helping them to make new meaning from their experiences. I passionately believe in our shared community responsibilities in supporting each other's mental wellbeing...
I want to say that suicidality, depression, bipolar mood disorder and trauma 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...
Through my journey, I discovered or re-discovered well-being. I went through some really dark times in my life and I was diagnosed with Dysthymia a few years ago. I hope to support people to feel comfortable in talking about their experience...
Emma’s lived experience of mental health issues has taken on many shapes over many years. Her varied challenges have included depression, anxiety, disordered eating, PTSD and addiction. Emma’s journey has inspired her to study mental health, holding a position as a Recovery Support Worker as well as another as Consumer Representative...
I'm artistic, talented and have a passion for public speaking. Now in my 40's, I first became unwell at age 14. Times have been tough and tormenting indeed and my recovery journey has been a very long one. Throughout it all I maintain a positive attitude and believe that life is for living...
VOICES FOR CHANGE, BRISBANE
Lived Experience Speakers - Mental Health Recovery