Angela became a volunteer speaker for Beyond Blue after sharing Regan’s story at a West Tigers’ Charity Ball. She says that, although public speaking was not something she would ever have done before, ‘when you find a passion for something it becomes easier to do’.
‘I work with Beyond Blue because I found my passion for mental health and spreading awareness for suicide prevention. I’m truly motivated to tell Regan’s story and raise awareness,’ she continues. ‘If I can impact just one person, it’s worth it.’
Angela speaks with an admirable poise about confronting topics like suicidal thoughts and patterns. She is, unfortunately, well-versed with the internal dialogue of a person at risk.
‘Quite often their thinking is “I’d be doing everyone a favour, I’m a burden”. But nobody is a burden,’ she says.
As she helps others understand what plagues the mind of someone at risk, Angela hopes her words inspire people to reach out to each other – whether they are concerned about themselves or others.
And although Angela encourages everyone to talk these struggles through, advising people to ‘find somebody that you trust and have a chat with them because often once you get it out, you do feel better’, she emphasises, above everything else, the importance of simply listening.