Mental illness has played a big part in my life – my sister, my late father and I have all been impacted over the last 30 years.
My sister has had suicidal thoughts and attempted to take her own life on a few occasions in the past. She is in a much better place now thanks to the right combination of medications and ongoing psychological therapy.
I`ve had a few thoughts in the past about taking my own life when I was very depressed. I still take medication on a daily basis, and I am now a lived experience representative and consumer advocate. I also sit on a number of committees and panels, and take part in volunteer work within the mental health sector.
I joined the Suicide Prevention Australia Lived Experience Panel because I want to make a difference, advocate on behalf of others that have been impacted by suicide, and increase public awareness and understanding of suicide.