I’m excited to be confirmed as a cast member of a new travel series called Adventure All Stars. I’ll be taken to a secret location to be filmed by an award winning film crew for 6 days of adventure and fun! This life-changing TV series features inspiring cast members undertaking an unforgettable journey & will be broadcast nationally on Seven Networks 7TWO. Produced by the internationally acclaimed Charity TV Global this media project combines adventure, travel, and philanthropy.
Pre filming, cast members will embark on a fundraising campaign with all net proceeds from the TV show going to my nominated philanthropic cause – Mental Health Awareness.
I started my campaign passionately on behalf of my daughter who is Autistic and has many other contributing diagnoses like anxiety and ADHD. She has often felt alone, struggling to fit in, afraid to be exposed to her issues for fear of judgment and bullying. I’ve always encouraged her to be herself, whatever version that is. Everyone is different and some just get to know a specific reason why they are, like her.
Starting on this journey and revisiting her diagnosis path, it has brought up some very real truths that I had never really faced about my own mental health over the last 3 to 4 years, since my marriage breakdown and my daughter’s diagnosis and maybe many points of my life, and it is very confronting!
You see, mental health affects many people in many ways and can be something you’re born with or something that happens to you with the impacts of life situations.
Mental health refers to a wide range of conditions and/or disorders that affect your mood, thinking and behavior. Now, who out there feels that at some stage and time in their life. One or all of these areas have become somewhat challenging for you to feel in control of?
Imagine struggling daily, year after year with this ongoing battle to just face the day. Approximately 1 in 5 Australians are suffering from a form of mental illness in any given year and more than 75 percent of issues develop before a person turns 25! We don’t always know who may be suffering in silence behind a smile, often until it’s too late.
So many people hide their struggle, afraid to reach out or seek help. They feel they may be judged, misunderstood, lose their job or friends. Some even just afraid to be vulnerable and come to terms that it ok to not have everything under control, particularly for men and our young boys.
This has to change! You can help bring these struggles out of the dark and join me in tearing down the stigma and discrimination surrounding one of our leading health issues. By donating to my fundraising campaign you’re helping me to highlight the importance of empowering one another to feel safe and supported in asking for help.
Please go to my fundraising page for mental health and join my fight!
Want to join me and make a difference for something you’re passionate about?
If this is something you think you could do and you’d like to raise funds for a cause and give back to the community. Casting calls are still open, go to https://www.charitytvglobal.com/ to find out more information and apply.
If you or someone you know needs help, please contact:
- SANE Australia (people living with a mental illness) — call 1800 187 263
- Beyondblue (anyone feeling depressed or anxious) — call 1300 22 4636 or chat online
- Black Dog Institute (people affected by mood disorders) — online help
- Lifeline (anyone having a personal crisis) — call 13 11 14 or chat online
- Suicide Call Back Service (anyone thinking about suicide) — call 1300 659 467
Australian Government Department of Health: https://www.health.gov.au/health-topics/mental-health
Health Direct: https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/mental-illness