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“There is a lot of strength and beauty in sharing your stories.”
What is your role at On Fire?
I'm the area coordinator of the Southwest Sydney's On Fire Programme, supporting young people who live in families affected by mental health. I run fun days and camps for kids who live in families affected by mental health. We build a connection with the local community. I mentor kids as well so that they are able to learn skills to look after their own mental health, as well as learning skills about cultivating caring communities.
What are things you like about One Door?
I really like the fact that they value lived experience. They recognise that people and families who have lived experience are actually experts within the field of mental health and they value that. They've also got a very holistic approach, in terms of supporting whole families.
In context of One Door and your role within it, what are your goals for the future?
In terms of young people, it would be really great to see mental health literacy be embedded into the school curriculum. I think it's really important for the students to be taught, to be less afraid of mental illness and more compassionate through education, raising awareness and understanding.
What advice do you have for someone who's caring for someone with mental illness?
I would encourage them to share their perspective and know that there's a lot of strength, bravery and beauty in sharing their stories. Also, just understanding that there are people in society who are learning as well and there are people who do care and who want to understand. Those people can help to create change.
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