"THE TALK WAS VERY GOOD, I LIKE HOW HE DIDN'T SUGAR COAT IT AND TALKED OPENLY ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH. IT ISN'T TALKED ABOUT IN SCHOOLS BUT I THINK IT SHOULD BE BECAUSE PEOPLE JUST JOKE ABOUT IT AND I ADMIRE HIS STRENGTH TO TALK IN-FRONT OF PEOPLE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE."
ANONYMOUS FEEDBACK FROM A YEAR 9 STUDENT AT GEORGIANA MALLOY
As more research is done on mental health society is discovering that the stigma surrounding mental health issues is doing more damage than the actual medical issue itself. This is due to people not wanting to deal with the issue earlier for fear of it making them look weak.
Resilience is often discussed as a tool our kids need but is generally not understood. Many people are not able to genuinely communicate their own lived experience of resilience in an easy and personalised way.
With a life story that has lows followed by amazing achievements whilst remaining humble and relatable I can engage with students in a way that makes a lasting impact and encourages them to look out for each other and themselves.