A number of speakers with lived experience of suicide will be speaking at the Stop Male Suicide in NSW seminar, to be held in Sydney on Tuesday 31st May.
They include R U OK? ambassadors Justin Geange and Natalie Whale, builder Rhett Foreman and Tim Fisk of the Complete Men Project.
Justin is a community ambassador for R U OK?, a member of Suicide Prevention Australia’s Lived Experience Speakers Bureau and a Community Rehabilitation Support Worker. A plumber by trade, Justin has experienced bipolar and depression and is committed to starting conversations about mental health and suicide prevention.
Rhett is a 42-year-old father, husband, builder, surf life saver and former Muay Thai fighter. He has 16 years experience of living with and managing bi-polar disorder and has assisted close friends, work mates and others in getting help for their mental health challenges.
Natalie Whale’s father took his own life in 1991, shortly before her 17th birthday. In 2014, Natalie decided to honour the death of her father by lending some of her skills to RUOK? and becoming a community ambassador, sharing her personal story to help inspire others. She also volunteers for Lifeline.
Tim Fisk has survived his own personal battle with mental illness; including a suicide attempt, bankruptcy and addiction. A key component of his recovery has been helping others to discover and lead more fulfilling lives through the Complete Men’s groups Tim facilitates.
Other speakers with lived experience of male (who you can read more about at the links below) include:
- Bronwen Edwards whose brother took his own life
- Casey Lyons, who best friend died by suicide
- Ross Romeo, who also lost his best mate to suicide
If you want to help Stop Male Suicide in QLD, find out more at the links below: