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John is a Mental Health First Aid Master Instructor who grew up on a family sheep and cattle farm in Victoria. He moved to Melbourne to complete university, which led him to work in the Pulp and Paper Industry, and in turn brought about a move to Tasmania. After the demise of the industry in the North West, John switched to the community services sector for eight years. In this role John experienced a serious burnout and after some time recovering from depression and anxiety, commenced work with Anglicare as a Family Mental Health Outreach Worker supporting families who were affected by mental illness.
Today John works for Rural Alive and Well as a trainer in suicide prevention and mental health, is a volunteer speaker for beyondblue and Suicide Prevention Australia and is passionate about reducing stigma around mental illness, suicide and encouraging others to get help either for themselves, their families or their mates. John is equally passionate about his three children and wife of 25 years.
John holds a Cert IV in Mental Health Peer Work, trains peer support workers and was nominated in 2020 for a Life Award by the Mental Health Council Tasmania for his work in statewide suicide prevention at industrial sites such as Rio Tinto, and Bluestone Mine. Other workplaces include Simplot, Cement Australia and MMG mine.
Every opportunity he gets will see John bushwalking Tasmania’s mountains; fly fishing the pristine lakes; hunting, woodworking, knife making, road cycling, swimming or volunteering for the NW SES Search and Rescue team.