Hi. I'm Gav (Gavin) and I have suffered from depression in the past, probably more than I recognised until being forced to take some time off work.
I am interested in helping people with mental health and I have spoken about my mental health journey on a number of occasions, helped by my experience in Toastmasters (communication & leadership education organisation). The first time was in front of work colleagues and senior who did not know what I was going to say and my legs were shaking/ Literally shaking so I was glad that I could hide them behind a lectern. Since then I have spoken at numerous other events and the feedback that I have received has been positive. a number of people have approached me about there own struggles and I have been able to help them, either by just listening or providing directions to help.
I did join Blue Voices awhile ago but have been putting off volunteering to help, though this something that I enjoy doing.
Managing my depression with some medication but mainly exercise, yoga, meditation and enjoying the outdoors. Being positive and avoiding negativity helps.
I'm hoping that I will be able to find some opportunities to volunteer to assist and help others through Blue Voices, and to learn and grow through others experiences.