Having a lived experience has really transformed me as a person. I’ve learnt so much about myself particularly in the last few years, and now realise that I have incredible strength, resilience, and courage to have faced all the challenges and setbacks. I’ve had in my life no matter how many times I get knocked down I keep picking myself up again and again I have overcome many adversities and have come out the other side a better person, my life has improved significantly.
I am more confident, motivated and determined to succeed I now have the knowledge and skills to help others in the mental health sector, more and more opportunities have opened up for me as a volunteer, consumer representative and as a speaker/author.
I am now able to tell my story and make a difference by inspiring and encouraging others. I am a role model for so many people, I have a more positive outlook and am proud of all my achievements no matter how big or small. I’ve grown as a person since going through this experience.
The biggest lesson I have learnt is to take one day at a time, accept the past, live in the present and embrace the future.
If I could give advice to someone who was struggling I would tell them there is help and support out there, a big thing is to accept and acknowledge what has happened and realise it’s not the end of the world there is a light at the end of the tunnel, do not give upon yourself, take baby steps, sometimes it might be one step forward and two steps back, never stop having a go, you can do anything you set your mind too,
and most importantly keep believing in yourself.