On 24th July 2014, I presented at the National Suicide Prevention Conference in Perth, Western Australia about my recovery from attempted suicide. This was a special milestone for me – speaking publicly about my attempt and also proposing steps to recovery that others could integrate into their life. I discuss the role of The Suicide Midwife – a support person who trusts in the life, death, regenerative cycle of nature, as a method of rebuilding, rebirthing, recreating meaning and value after the traumatic experience of attempting suicide.
I was touched to have attempt survivors in the audience resonate with my story and approach, and particularly humbled and proud from Mic Eales words of encouragement at the end of the speech. (Australia’s most highly revered artist in suicide prevention).
Performed at Centre Camp Café, Burning Man Festival 2013. This poem draws attention to the need for social awareness, understanding and holistic care for people experiencing depression and suicidal thinking. I advocate for the creative, embodiment and sacred arts in mental health care and ask:
Since when was our sadness a symptom of madness, and drugs the mainstay of care? Since when did we define behavior of our mind as illness with chemical repair?
This was also my opportunity to launch my book on an international stage!