Meet our speaker - Jesse

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Meet our speaker – Jesse

February 11, 2020

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We wanted to ask one of our inspiring speakers, Jesse, some questions about his journey with mental-ill health, and his life in general, so you can get to know him a little bit better.

When you are not speaking for batyr, what do you do with your time?

  • When I’m not speaking for batyr, I am keeping myself busy with a few different projects. I am currently a full-time student studying Psychology at Macquarie University and I work part-time at Flourish Australia. For fun, I spend a lot of time looking after my dog, Indi, I play soccer and I spend time with family and friends.

What are you passionate about? 

  • I have quite a few passions. However, I would say my ultimate passion is to continually challenge myself both physically and mentally. I take this quite seriously as I firmly believe that people grow through the challenges that they wilfully tackle and conquer.

What do you wish you could tell your 10-year-old self?

  • To simply have fun, play lots of sport and enjoy spending your time with your friends.

What made you want to get to a Being Herd workshop and become a speaker for batyr?

  • I was interested in the challenge of facing some of my darkest moments and transcending them. Ultimately, I wanted to utilise them for a good purpose and attempt to help any other young person who might be having a rough time in their teenage years. I was also interested in the possibility of being able to do public speaking, as I was always quite scared of speaking in public.

What do you find useful about talking about your mental health?

  • I have received letters from people, who I’ve spoken in front of, explaining to me that hearing me talk gave them hope in supporting their loved ones that they felt were going through similar experiences to mine. If others can draw some meaning out of hearing me talking openly about my experiences, I would say that’s pretty useful.

What has your experience with mental-ill health given you?

  • I feel that my experiences have helped me to continually grow in resilience and empathy. It seems that I have also been able to assist those in worse off circumstances than myself.

How do you take care of your mental health today? 

  • To keep myself in shape physically and mentally, I exercise regularly, I maintain a relatively healthy diet and I spend time doing things I enjoy. I also aim to spend time with people that I care about and people who care about me and genuinely want the best for me.