Speak Up and Stay Chatty with Mitch McPherson

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Sadly, many of us have been touched deeply by the sensitive topic of suicide. It’s becoming more and more common to know of someone in our immediate circle, who has lost a loved one to suicide. Today we are talking with Mitch, who is making a huge difference right here in Australia, in raising awareness for mental health.

Making a huge difference in the community in preventing suicide rates While Mitch admits it’s difficult to gauge the difference that he’s making in the community, and how many lives he’s truly impacting, he knows his strong message is serving well. He is constantly receiving messages of gratitude from his talks in school, and even being stopped in the street by parents acknowledging the amazing work that he’s doing.

From all the positive feedback, he knows that his talks have allowed children to open up about issues, that they may not have otherwise brought up with their parents. Talk about powerful stuff! It’s all the feedback that keeps Mitch’s fire alive, and helps him to jump out in the bed in the morning, even though it’s tough some days for him to talk about. He sees his personal experience as having the ability to change lives for the better.

Mitch just wants everyone to know that if you’ve been touched by suicide, that it’s never anybody’s fault. In the end, it’s the decision of the person that takes their life. All we can do is contribute along the way in a positive and influential manner. The more we can break down barriers, share, laugh and have fun together, the less suicides we will see.

If you or a loved one are dealing with suicide in the family, please contact Lifeline for assistance on 13 11 14

Resources

Albie House fortnightly bereavement group in Tasmania Australian of the Year 2017 Speak Up!

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