Katie has over 16 years direct experience living through the journey of a child dealing with mental health issues. This includes constant medical appointments, struggling to achieve treatment and support. Katie uses long walks, home baking to ground herself. Most of all reaching out to help others so they dont suffer alone. She has a keen listening ear and provides practical support and advice to other in the same situation, that comes from extensive learned experience. Katie has five children of her own. She is highly resourceful and states her formula for success best in her own words “Where there is a way around it, I will find it!
Glenn Cossar, is a Life and Business Coach, Author and certified Crisis Counsellor with a passion for supporting young people, whilst dealing with mental illness, to reach their true potential. Glenn is dedicated to work that leads to the elimination of the unacceptable rate of suicide in all communities across Australia.
Jessica has been affected by mental health concerns throughout her life. Aside from experiencing it through family and friends, she has also suffered from various mental health concerns herself. She has seen how mental health effects not just the person but also their loved ones. Her personal experience has made her extremely empathetic to others in similar situations and she aims to provide as much help as she can personally and through Y.A.M.H.S. She believes strongly in educating people on the subtle warning signs that mostly go unnoticed, especially in children, and on how we can help them and their family.
Hi my names Sarah. I have an extensive background in youth mental health. I have wanted to help since I was 12 yrs of age. I have completed my Cert 4 in Youth Work, my Diploma in Community Services and a partial completion of my Under graduate in Psychological Sciences. I have done work with teens who have behavioural issues, I have worked with teens in a resident mental health facility and I have been a part of multiple community mental health groups striving to try and make a difference in the lives of others where ever I can. I have been immersed in all aspects of mental health through out my life time. I have been the patient, the worker and also now a mother. I am a mother of 3 children, my eldest has ADHD and ASD L1 (which means she is capable of mainstream school but has minimal social concepts). I believe in self empowerment and care for all. I have spent my life helping other and I will always continue to do so.
Lions Club Representative
Contrary to public belief, I was born (but not under a cabbage patch). I started my volunteer career at the age of 10.5 when I joined St John Ambulance NSW. I rose through the ranks that of Corps Officer, looking after a number of Divisions. I was also a First aid lecturer. Currently I am a Chaplain with St John I joined Lions Clubs International in 1972 and am a member of Ingleburn Lions Club.
communication & PR assistant
I am a communication and media student with a passion for youth mental health initiatives. Having my own personal mental health struggles I found merit in helping a cause that lights a fire inside me. Being a 'youthie' myself and seeing how mental health issues can change the direction of ones life has given me a unique perspective that I am looking forward to sharing.
I am a mother of 2 beautiful children, as a parent I have supported my child through mental health distress. My childs metal health journey has taught us as a family that communication, and stopping what you're doing are key.
I have been a support worker for seven years, supporting participants in disability, mental health and ageing support.
I am currently studying a cert IV community services and have done numerous short courses in mental health including mental health first aid and ASSIST.
I believe there is a need to breakdown the stigma, and through education and training be able to better support our youth and their families through mental health distress