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Sneak Peak – Book Chapter #1

My book, “TRUST” has undergone a re write and will be re-released very soon.

I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you all a chapter in the book that is very relevant to my circumstances at this very moment. My life is changing and I can’t help but reflect back to when it all started and who was there from the beginning….

“What Makes A Family?

What makes someone your family? Is it purely a blood and genetic connection? Is it because you might have grown up together or is it sometimes a feeling you get when you meet them, a common and shared purpose that brings you together. You may have never met them before, before you know you have been friends before.

My suicide prevention family is growing every day. I remember a moment in 2010 when this concept of shared purpose entered my life. It had been just over a year since Aidon had died. I decided to attend my first mental health event, which when I think back, I can’t actually remember what the event was for. I do however remember some of the thoughts that rolled through my mind – “oh my god what am I doing here”, “I’m not a clinician, what do I even know about mental health”. I think these were common thoughts for many people with a lived experience, trying to get involved in the sector a few years ago.

Much to my surprise I met a gentleman by the name of David. David was there for similar reasons to me. He had lost his son to suicide around the same time Aidon had died and he was looking to get more involved in the mental health and suicide prevention sectors. David was working at Lifeline WA and had done a number of training courses associated with mental health, which I was really amazed by. Here was someone who went through a similar experience to me and who was able to utilise that experience and turn it into a positive way to help others.

For the first time in a long time I felt like I had someone to talk to, outside of my immediate family, who understood what I might be going through. What I didn’t know in 2010, was that David wouldn’t be the only person with lived experience to become a part of my ever growing suicide prevention family. That was only the start”

“The bond that links your true family is not always blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life” – Richard Bach

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Where it all began, Lifeline WA (2010)

What I also didn’t know was that David would continue to be involved in my life, being a mentor and a bloody amazing friend. Today we finished up another part of our journey, leaving Anglicare WA for new challenges, but it won’t be the last time we cross paths in this journey called life.

Surround yourself with people who make you better. I have and it has changed my life for the better.

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