Mental health has always played a huge role in my life. It has affected me since I was born, and it has taken many courses throughout my life. From separation anxiety as a toddler, to panic attacks in primary school, to severe OCD continuing from high school, and depression in recent years, it has always been a part of me.
In 2017 I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to join Youth Focus’ Youth Reference Group, a volunteer committee dedicated to ensuring Youth Focus services are youth-friendly and relevant to young people and their families. Being a part of this group has given me so many amazing opportunities, and I’m so grateful to be able to work alongside so many amazing people.
When my Dad completed his first Ride for Youth in 2018, he told me that he’d love for me to do it with him one day. I chuckled at the thought, as my cycling experience extended no further than a few laps at the local BMX track as a 10 year old. However, after some thought, I realised that this is an amazing chance to connect even further with people who have struggled like myself. A chance to let as many people as possible know that it’s okay to not be okay. And it’s okay to look for help.
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