A message from Trys, "A bit about me, so I was diagnosed with Depression, Anxiety, OCD and Agoraphobia when I was 13 and left school when I was 14, having Home Ed to finish off my GCSE's (I'm from the UK). Having Home Ed gave me an excuse not to go out and my Agoraphobia got worse, living as a recluse for 10 years. In my Mid 20's I had a holiday to Perth to see my Grandparents who were ill. While over here I had an awesome spiritual experience and felt Kwinana would one day be my home. I went back to the UK after 2 months and started a journey of recovery. After 5 years I got the opportunity to come over on a 2 year student visa to study for a Diploma in Community Services and on completion of that I worked in Employment Services. I stayed in the industry 5 years and then left and have been training Mental Health First Aid ever since. I currently live in Kwinana, 5 mins away from where my Grandparents live.
My passion is about talking about mental health especially for guys. 75% of suicides are male and part of that is that we don't talk about how we're travelling. I have lost 7 people in my life, all men. I think it's important we reach out to people and get them to talk.
I run my own MHFA Training business now full time, I also film YouTube videos and just getting started again with podcasts. Last year I co-founded the Kwinana Alliance against Depression and also funded and co-founded the Songs of Hope project. The project was a collaboration between myself and Foundation to Wellness and we took 10 singer / songwriters with lived experience of mental illness and supported them to write their own song around the theme of hope. The Spotify link below allows you to download the album for free Check them out and let me know what you think.
ABC News Footage
Video of the Journey
Download the Album here
Passionate Lives website