It was fantastic to join Christina Canters on this episode of her Stand Out Get Noticed Podcast.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
On this episode of ON THE WIRE I speak with Emmanuella Grace the founder of Find Your Voice. Emmanuella is a voice coach, Professional Speaker and a supporter of women in business. We discuss how she has harnessed her passion for helping people, along with her skill of singing, to help a broad range of people find their voice
Ben Coyle and myself sat down for a chat in Melbourne recently, where he interviewed me for his blog Cup of Connection. You can find it at www.thecafeguy.com.au
Warren Davies was born and bred in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, the son of small business owners, they owned milk bars, a butcher and even a post office.
His family made a decision to move to the country and pursue his father's dream of becoming a farmer. This gave Warren an opportunity to reinvent himself. A direction, a career path ... he was going to be a farmer himself.
Mentored by one of the best farmers in the district, Warren honed his skills and by the age of 22 he had purchased his first farm.
The harsh reality of being a farmer soon became evident, high interest rates and low commodity prices, which is pretty topical right now in 2016 in Australia, then drought had it’s impact in the years to come. Not only only on the land but on the man, his body but most significantly his mental health. These events all tested his resilience, his tenacity and his determination, it had a massive impact on his young family, relationships and finances. It culminated in the decision to eventually walk away from his dream, to walk off the farm.
With his skills, work was easy to find, however he couldn’t settle, he had lost his identity, as a ‘bloke’, a farmer and as the the head of his family. In his eyes he had failed! As a husband and a father.
I actually write this with a tear in my eye …. he hung himself!
Thank whatever you believe god is, but luckily the rope broke and Warren is meant to be here to share his story, that life should never grim! That you feel that low, so alone, that you attempt it.
Reach out! Lifeline, Beyond Blue, WIRE, Outside The Locker Room, a friend or family member. No matter where you are at in life. It will be sadder, it will be less, less bright without you, and yes …. yes YOU! How dare you deprive us of YOU!
Although he lost his identity, Warren came back and now inspires others to reach out no matter what your business or situation. Life is a game of poker, you draw deuces, you draw aces, we all get dealt a hand, we may get dealt a full house, we may not, but we all have the ability to have patience and hold on for better cards.
Life in men’s terms isn’t a pissing contest! It’s about doing you best and knowing that’s ok.
To get Warren Davies to speak go to www.theunbreakablefarmer.com
And hey let's get it early, check out for kids 'Grogan the Monster' available at www.recoverednotcured.com
I was interviewed by Jake Edwards from Outside The Locker Room. We discussed the current situation in the dairy industry and the ripple effect that it will have though the rural communities. We also discussed the importance of seeking help and staying connected to your community remembering you aren't in this alone. Check out the interview here.