Held by Disability Employment Australia, this conference held at the Hilton Adelaide included over 250 delegates from across Australia and beyond. DES - Disability Employment Services is a huge sector, participants responsible with matching employees working with a disability gain meaningful and rewarding work in the Australian economy.
We were involved in an industry panel, I presented the 6 week Lifeback Challenge, and met some of the most compassionate employment agency people in Australia
A massive 2 days sharing some pretty amazing stories, with 100 of the most significant concrete sawing and concrete cutting association members. The empathy shown by the CSDAA President - Jason Funkel to openly bring mental health and wellbeing to the conference showed great leadership.
The organisation have embraced and taken on the wristbands, showing leadership in the fight against poor memntal health and wellbeing present in this tough industry.
Rural communities are losing too many people to a cause that is preventable - suicide. The Save Our Mates nights bring communities together to learn the 'signs’ in our mates, and help to stop this devastating loss of life in our community.
Guest Speaker: Anthony Hart
Date: Friday 3rd August
Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Venue: 41 Kalimna Rd West (off Belvidere Road), Nuriootpa SA 5355
Further info: Wayne Rohrlach 0408 855 589 or Greg Schubert 0412 739 396
Cold Logic Pty Ltd, a provider of industrial refrigeration solutions to beverage, food processing and cold storage industries throughout Australia, asked Anthony to speak to their management division, as part of their planning day conference at the industry association's facility on Adelaide's city fringe.
Anthony spoke with 70 students from years 10-12 at Kapunda High School, discussing everything from how to spot the early signs in your mates, things to do when first feeling not so great mentally yourself, and immediate things one must do if you think a mate isn't doing so well mentally.
Talking to 480 year 10-12 boys at Gawler's Xavier College, north of Adelaide, we discussed the importance of treating anything that affects one's thoughts and feelings seriously, and not be afraid to seek early help early or speak up when stuck. The way this school encourages and supports students relating to teaching young boys and girls is to be commended.
On South Australia's 1395 FIVEaa 'Talking Adelaide' radio, in a half hour interview, Alan and Anthony touched on powerful points surrounding the way men struggle to face up to and cope with mental illness. Anthony shared his impactful story and outlined the signs shown during his downward spiral, then sharing the four powerful principles of the Lifeback Tracker. Click Here to listen to my story.
Hosted by Yorke Peninsula's community connector and a Petersville resident 'Bowser', Anthony spoke to over 75 farmers and community residents at a 'Shed Happens' night between 6pm - 11.30pm. The large crowd travelled to Petersville from as far as coastal Semaphore and the Adelaide hills to hear Anthony's story, and discuss early intervention signs and strategies for better management of mental health.
Over 60 Dulux staff attended Anthony's Experience Share asking powerful questions. Held during lunch at the Dulux AcraTex factory on Port Road, Beverley. Anthony's discussion prompted incredibly open and honest discussions, with experiences shared and many positive takeaways for the people who attended.
Anthony spoke at a breakfast hosted by Callum Hann at his popular Sprout Cooking School to over 50 business associates. This was followed by an Experience Share Talk surrounding men's mental health and wellbeing and how Anthony's Lifeback Tracker tool can help manage life's daily challenges - even without depression and anxiety as a diagnosis.
The Advertiser: SA Weekend (June 2018) I survived a suicide bid and now on a mission to save others. Read my story here.