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As a SANE Peer Ambassador, I’m so proud to be part of a national network of nearly 100 people who all share a common goal of reducing stigma and discrimination for those living with complex mental health issues.I joined the Peer Ambassador program because I wanted to use my lived experience of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) to help others living with complex mental health issues, and the people who support them. Through sharing my journey, I want to break down the stigma and talk about the impact that mental ill health can have on the lives of Australians. OCD is not a personality trait or simply another way of saying that you’re extremely tidy or clean, but a serious mental illness that up until recently silenced me in everyday life.The training to become a Peer Ambassador was really special.

It was the first time I truly realised the power of storytelling and connected with other lived experience advocates.One of the best things was that I felt accepted for me, and that my story was valued. The level of understanding and support SANE has for my specific needs creates such a great space to be an advocate in. I truly feel like I am following a passion.

The program has provided me with mentoring not just in my advocacy journey, but in everyday life. I previously took part in a campaign focussed on mental health in young adults called Be Kind to Your Mind. I was able to share my story in a way I initially thought I wouldn’t do, using short social media videos.

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As a SANE Peer Ambassador, I’m so proud to be part of a national network of nearly 100 people who all share a common goal of reducing stigma and discrimination for those living with complex mental health issues.I joined the Peer Ambassador program because I wanted to use my lived experience of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) to help others living with complex mental health issues, and the people who support them. Through sharing my journey, I want to break down the stigma and talk about the impact that mental ill health can have on the lives of Australians. OCD is not a personality trait or simply another way of saying that you’re extremely tidy or clean, but a serious mental illness that up until recently silenced me in everyday life.The training to become a Peer Ambassador was really special.
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