Sometime in late May I’ll be jumping in a car and road-tripping this great girt-by-sea land of ours to speak, to be vulnerable, to learn a hell of a lot, and hopefully to help make a difference.Read More
I wouldn't be alone in not considering myself to be the typical Aussie bloke. I've used my BBQ at home once and that was only for eggplant. This invitation was a total shock and a huge honor so of course I said yes.Read More
I'm not much of a traveller. Well... kinda. You know when you have a perception of yourself and you keep repeating it even when it's outdated information? I do that with travelling. I missed the boat of travelling a lot in my early 20's but in the last several years I've caught up quite a bit.Read More
I was originally going to post this on your comment thread about the anniversary of Chris' death, connected to the blog post but I ended-up writing way too much, so here it is:
I remember that day at school so vividly, when you weren't in our year 10 English class and Mr. Morris had to inform us of the tragic news - although, probably for the better at the time, we were told Chris dropped his phone and went searching for it in the dark. Everyone in class was completely stunned...
My older brother is dead. He killed himself last night. That was the abrupt reality I woke up to one morning 13 years ago to this day. I wasn’t to catch the bus to attend high school after breakfast or to passively exist in the Year 10 classes I had no interest in or ability to concentrate through. Once a star student with two scholarships in Year 7, I spent my subsequent high school years sleeping in sick bay or day dreaming in class; often about my own death. It was one of the few activities that made me feel happy during that time, one of the few that made me feel anything at all.Read More
I was inspired by R U OK? Day to write this open letter about my old life. It's to someone who's still very close to me and who showed so much bravery and love when we were in our early teens.Read More
It takes on average somewhere between 10 and 20 years for someone with bipolar disorder to be correctly diagnosed. Not even to be treated. Just diagnosed. And that's the people who ever get diagnosed at all in their lifetime. Most don't. How many other medical conditions do we let slip that far particularly when we have tested, effective treatments readily available?
Educating doctors is crucial...Read More
I always love traveling for my talks particularly when I meet such passionate and interesting people. I REALLY like getting to do some sightseeing where I can. Mostly importantly though I love spending time with my family. It's really special to be able to talk to people together and just to spend time together. It's something I always look forward to.Read More
You'd think it would be hard to maintain a school-hall of teenagers' attention for an hour but you could hear a pin drop. It's the same every time no matter what their ages or where they are. That's how important and relevant mental health is to them. I always do an open Q&A session at the end of my talks and the students asked deeply considered questions about how to help each other. Truly Inspiring stuff. This is what motivates me to do it.Read More
Last night mum spoke as part of an expert panel on youth mental health and suicide issues. Tonight it was my turn. I'm tired but thrilled. I'm starting to see how hope and talking openly are so closely tied together.Read More
Yesterday for a bit of a change I got to speak about my wellbeing project, BITE BACK, which is based out of the Black Dog Institute. Who would've thought meeting and hanging with a bunch of school staff would be so damn fun?? Ah how times have changed eh?Read More
I'm not even sure if they still print my old high school's weekly newsletter or if it's just online these days. I'd never contributed to it when I was in school mostly because crude drawings of boobs and penises weren't considered 'of high editorial quality'.
Today was my first published work in it. As an adult.Read More
Today I was fortunate enough to tick off two big ones; 1) Speaking at the Opera House 2) Speaking at TEDx. I'm still holding out for a TED Talk one day... possibly on the moon. This all sort of happened so fast that I still can't quite get a grasp on it.
I'd accidentally entered myself into a competition without realising that I had.Read More
Here’s a bit of news… I’m going to be on Australian Story soon. Which is exciting! I’m really very humbled to be asked to do it and I totally don’t feel like I’m that special but I’m super grateful for the opportunity and thrilled to be involved.Read More
I'm kinda the opposite of most presenters. Most communicators are usually really good at preparing in advance which is something I generally avoid. That's worked out ok so far but I thought it's about time to give a different format a whirl. Scary.Read More