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- Northern Territory
I am a passionate advocate for Mental Health First Aid programs and their ability to help people to help each other.
Mental Health First Aid gives people a framework and the confidence to have conversations about mental health problems and the concerns they might have for another individual. It transforms stigma into understanding and builds the capacity of service providers, workplaces, families and communities to respond to mental health issues.
My interest in mental health stems from my lived experience, both as an individual with experience of mental health challenges, and experience providing care, support and advocacy to family members who experience mental health challenges and disability.
My original vocation was engineering and I have experience working in the mining and gas sectors. However, since early adulthood I have also participated in mental health advocacy and undertaken roles as a lived experience educator.
In 2016, I transitioned from engineering to mental health peer work. Since that time I have developed an extensive understanding of NT mental health service landscape.. I share this knowledge and resources relating to local services with participants so they can effectively apply their newly acquired skills to support others to connect with appropriate professional support.
I have experience delivering Mental Health First Aid in workplaces, to people with lived experience and in open community programs.