‘I went away from that knowing I needed to do something, I made the decision to say “enough is enough, I need to do something about this”.’
The timing of that incident coincided perfectly with a workplace initiative about improving employees’ mental health which launched a week later. It gave him the courage to sit down and talk candidly to his wife about his history with anxiety.
‘That was a really difficult conversation to have, it was probably one of the hardest conversations I’ve ever had to have, but since that time Jenny has been my absolute rock,’ Brett reveals. ‘She has given me the right amount of space and support to let me understand my own mental health and how to get it back on track.’
Setting out to find professional help, he was ‘lucky enough to find a great connection with the second therapist [he] tried’. This connection spurred an introspective look into his anxiety, his identity and how his formative years had impacted them both.
‘I learnt that I needed to find who I was and what I wanted to do in life because all through school I was just in a mode of survival to get through it. I felt that I’d missed out on discovering who I was because I had been focused on getting through the day to day and then, after school, life turned into life.’
Digging deep, Brett soon came to find there were some areas of his life he’d been neglecting.
‘I fell back in love with surfing, which was something I’d done when I was younger. Now that’s where I need to be when I’ve had a stressful day,’ he continues. ‘If I go down for a swim or a surf it’s like a reset.’