I grew up as a middle child of two siblings, amongst the greenery of Mount Dandenong in Melbourne’s outer-eastern suburbs.
At 17 years old had finished high school and began working full time as a receptionist in a medical centre. This was where I gained valuable information about the role General Practice can play in mental health support. I didn’t realise it at the time, but this support would become a big part of my life and shape the adult I became.
At 21 years old I made the decision to move to London almost on a whim. I spent 7 months abroad working and renting in the busy city, and this was where I experienced my first depressive episode. I had become isolated and decided that in order to get myself well I needed to come home to my support systems.
When I got back to Melbourne I engaged with a psychologist and began my journey to understanding my struggles, and it was at this point I was first diagnosed with an Anxiety Disorder. Today I am 6 years on from my diagnosis. In that time I have continued to learn and grow with the help of a fantastic GP and amazing social support. When I think about where I am today, what I am most grateful for is that I have had the opportunity help my younger sister in her own mental health struggles.
I am now the Office Manager at the medical centre I began working for way back when I was 17, and I take great pride in being able to help anyone who may be going through a similar situation as I was.
Last year I participated in Colour Your Hair to begin a conversation within the corporate setting I was working at the time.. and it worked! I had so many colleagues and even clients of the company approach me with their own stories. I truly believe that the more we talk about mental health, the less alone we will all feel.
With the COVID pandemic and subsequent lockdown, Colour Your Hair is a great opportunity to get that conversation going again in a really fun way.
Colour Your Hair for Mental Health is raising funds for life-changing research into diseases like depression, anxiety, bi-polar and schizophrenia.
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