In May last year my Dad Andrew took his own life.
This has been incredibly distressing for my family to deal with and I don't think we'll ever fully come to terms with what happened to Dad.
But we want something good to come out of this terrible experience. We want people to start complaining about their struggles rather than bottling things up. Suffering in silence is not the way to go.
Please reach out and ask: "Are they okay?" or "Am I okay?" or "Should I seek help?" It could make a world of difference.
I've chosen to fundraise for beyondblue because good mental heath is incredibly important to me. In Dad's memory, I want to support the work beyondblue does supporting mental health research, and to advocate for improved access to mental health support services in our community.
I'm a keen, but very amatuer, triathlete. The 2018 Noosa Tri will be my second for beyondblue, after competing and fundraising with my brother Nick for their team last year - together the team raised much-needed funds for beyondblue. But the job isn't over yet...
The more funds and awareness raised in the community from initiatives like this the better. With more support, beyondblue can do bigger and better things to support the mental health and quality of life of ALL Australians.
Unfortunately there are plenty of people, from all walks of life, doing it tough in our community - and, sadly, gaining access to mental health support can sometimes be a difficult and expensive process fraught with stigma and structural failings - but it doesn't have to be this way! There's hope for a better way of dealing with our mental health as a community
Please help beyondblue by giving whatever you can using the 'Give Now' button. The more people that know about beyondblue, the greater their impact. So please donate to beyondblue or spread the word by sharing my page. Checkout some of the useful information and messages on the beyondblue website - tell your family and friends http://beyondblue.com.au/
Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot!
Also take a look at organisations like
and others like them
both in Australia and around the world.
It's about time we all took our mental health more seriously!
If you, yourself, are reading this and think you may need help, please reach out to someone close to you that you trust. Or if that's not the right approach for you right now, please reach out to beyondblue, lifeline or your local health practitioner. It may seem difficult now, but those close to you will thank you for it, I promise!