All You Need to Know About Mental Health and General Wellbeing
I’m a Senior Mental Health Clinician and Educator from Melbourne, Victoria. Currently I work part-time as a part of the Emergency Mental Health Response team in a large ED in Melbourne as well as on the Mental Health Crisis Intake Line for North West Melbourne.
When I’m not working in either of these roles I am speaking to organiations, schools, corporate groups, and not-for-profit groups about mental health. As well as this I teach part time at Monash University.
Over the years, I’ve gained extensive experience in Emergency and Trauma nursing, Rural Nursing, Alcohol and Other Drug Counselling and Psychiatric nursing, having worked in both the public and private sectors. I hold a Bachelor of Nursing, a Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing, a Masters Degree in Mental Health Nursing and a Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition.
Stories of Transformation
About a year after moving to Melbourne in late 2013 I found myself in very dark place (I’ll spare you the gory details). It was a very difficult time. I slumped into a state of absolute despair but there was no time to feel sorry for myself, I had to keep working to pay the bills and not end up homeless.
On this journey I’ve been inspired by other people’s journey’s too. One such man is Andrew Taylor. You may recall the Australian man who ate only potatoes for a year, well that was Andrew.
The person who actually started me down this pathway of a whole food plant based lifestyle is a man by the name of Rich Roll. Somehow (I can’t remember how) I stumbled upon his podcast without knowing anything really about his story and it turns out he has an incredible story, and also follows a whole food plant based lifestyle. I highly recommend you have a look at his podcast. He’s also written and amazing book.