Extreme Climatic Events and Your Mental Health

Extreme Climatic Events and Your Mental Health

Over the last week, I have traveled around South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria speaking and have witnessed first hand the effects that one of the worst droughts in history is having on rural and regional communities. I have heard some heartbreaking stories and even though some areas have received rain the effects of the drought are unrelenting.

The obvious climatic and even economic effects can be plainly seen, it's not until you get to talk face to face and connect with the people in these communities that the effect on their mental health and wellbeing becomes evident and I am not just talking about the farmers, the ripple effect of the drought is spreading far and wide throughout the community.

Sleeping with the Enemy

Sleeping with the Enemy

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.


Fair Weathered Friends

Fair Weathered Friends

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.

I SEE YOU

I SEE YOU

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 THE WIRE with Gordon Jenkins

ON THE WIRE with Gordon Jenkins

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.

Lesson of Selflessness

Lesson of Selflessness

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 THE WIRE with Jake Edwards

ON THE WIRE with Jake Edwards

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.

ON THE WIRE with Simon Sharky Clark.

ON THE WIRE with Simon Sharky Clark.

On this World Health Day, I would like to start a conversation about depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. If these illnesses are left untreated they can result in catastrophic outcomes. On this episode of ON THE WIRE, I would like to share a conversation that I had with Simon Sharky Clark. Simon’s story is one of those examples when a mental illness is left untreated, life can quickly spiral out of control.

ON THE WIRE with Grant Monks

ON THE WIRE with Grant Monks

On this episode of ON THE WIRE, I had the pleasure, no I think it is better described as the honour to speak to Grant Monks. Grant grew up in Kyabram and is now doing some great work as an ambassador for Kidney Health Australia and the Alannah & Madeleine Foundation. Grant has battled with kidney disease for his entire life, has been faced with family tragedy, but still approaches life with his infectious wit and smile. Despite the adversity Grant has faced throughout his life, he still declares that he is the lucky one.

Grant truly lives his life with Resilience, Persistence and Determination  

ON THE WIRE with Jeff Wright

ON THE WIRE with Jeff Wright

On this episode of ON THE WIRE, I had the pleasure to chat with an old mate, Jeff Wright. He is served his country with 20 years of military service, He has been a member of the Queensland Police Force, and more recently forged a career following a personal passion, as a building designer. But 18 months ago, he was presented with an unexpected challenge a challenge that would draw on all the skills life had taught him until now. this is an inspiring story of overcoming obstacles with Resilience, Persistence and Determination. I am one of the lucky ones, I get to call him Mate. 

ON THE WIRE with Tory Trewhitt

ON THE WIRE with Tory Trewhitt

On this episode of ON THE WIRE I speak with Tory Trewhitt - The Health Bloke. We speak about his story and the journey that got him to where he is today, an Excercise Physiologist, Corporate Health Coach and Motivational Speaker. We also discuss the relationship between physical fitness, nutrition and mental health, and how they all work together to create a healthy lifestyle.