With the recent, much publicised, high profile mental health battles and suicides in the news, sadly it reminds us that we still understand so very little about the individual battle that someone experiencing anxiety and depression goes through. Mental health battles don't discriminate. Often to the outside world things can look normal, hidden behind masks the illness is silent and invisible. For the person who is struggling with depression or anxiety the battle is real, it can be like Sleeping with the Enemy.
I speak a lot in my presentations about support networks and the importance of knowing who the five people are that you love, trust and know you could turn to for support and advice if things in your life went pear shaped. This could be anyone, your Wife or Partner, Mum or Dad, Brother, Sister Family, Friends, your GP, as long as you know who they are and preferably as part of enacting your “personal self-care plan” you have let them know they are your support network before the situation arises that you have to call on them. Because let’s face it, crap happens in our life from time to time and when under pressure, your judgment can be a little clouded and decision making can be impaired especially if you are also dealing with a mental illness or your world is crashing down around your feet. You need to know who can really be there for you.
Warren 'the unbreakable farmer' speaking at the Darling Downs Cotton Grower of the Year field day at Burradoo Plains, Chinchilla.
With depression now his master, he abandoned what was right,
There’s no place in life for failures, he’d end it all tonight.
There were still some things to do, he’d have to shoot the cattle first,
Of all the jobs he’d ever done, that would be the worst.
Author : Murray Hartin
"Do you ever have days when everything feels... Not Very Okay At All? And sometimes you don't even know why you feel Not Very Okay At All, you just know that you do."
After attending our school's award night, I thought back to my not so illustrious schooling days. I can never recall being recognised for any awards during that time. I thought about all those students who didn't get awards but achieved greater growth during the year.
We all have strengths, weaknesses and face challenges. We all have the ability to positively impact our community or world. Focusing on being your unique self and striving to be the best version of yourself every day will cause less stress and anxiety than trying to compare yourself with others.
On this episode of ON THE WIRE, I speak to Gordon Jenkins aka The Visible Guy.
Born Manchester UK, Gordon now lives in Melbourne Australia and is an entrepreneur, passionate about life, international coach, mentor and speaker.
Gordon Jenkins (aka thevisibleguy.com) has faced many challenges, some life and death situations. He has ended up in the strangest of places such as a South Asian jungle instead of the Australian Outback. He is proof that no matter how bad your circumstances seem at the time, you are in control of your destiny.
We are all surrounded by lessons every day. As the old saying goes if you are not learning you are dead. Some of the most important lessons in life aren't taught to us by situations we find ourselves in, mentors or coaches, they can be taught to us by those who are closest to us.
This is the first in a series of blogs where I explore some important lessons that I have learnt from those who are closest to me.
The first lesson is that of Selflessness taught to me by my son Luke.
On this episode of ON THE WIRE our guest is Jake Edwards, former AFL footballer, founder of Outside The Locker Room (OTLR), soon to become author and clothing brand entrepreneur. Outside The Locker Room is an education and welfare program developed for local sporting clubs, schools and community groups.
The purpose of OTLR is to equip adolescent boys & girls and young adults, along with their parents, families and communities, with the information and resources to better enable them to tackle the increasing number of social and mental health issues in a productive and not destructive way.
As another ANZAC Day approaches I would like to share with you another piece of our families history. This year it is from my wife's family, the story of two brothers.
Cecil Howard Toms VX37531 and Claude Hector Toms VX33107.