This year we are proud to announce not one, but two Mental Health Week Ambassadors. Matt and Tom Lobbe are joining us this Mental Health Week to raise awareness around mental health and wellbeing. Matt is the ruckman for Port Adelaide Football Club and is passionate about mental health.
“Before I experienced mental health challenges within my own family I had a perception that people suffering weren’t strong or resilient,” said Matt. “This has been a huge learning curve for me as my mum and brother are two of the strongest people I know. I still believe that some people view mental illness in this same way, but I think that the more that we can understand mental illness as a community, the easier it will be for people with these same challenges.”
Tom was diagnosed with a mental illness seven years ago and today lives well in his community running his own business.
Matt is also an ongoing Ambassador of Lifeline and his passion for raising awareness around mental health comes from his family’s experience.
Tom will join Matt here in Adelaide during Mental Health Week where they will appear at events, give talks and continue to share their positive reflections on mental health.
“I am really happy to be able to share this experience with Tom,” said Matt. “He has always wanted to help other people by sharing his story and experiences and this is a great opportunity to help him do so.”
Their brother Caleb will join Matt and Tom at our Mental Health Week Open State event called Why Mental Illness is Good For You.
You can hear more of the Lobbe family story as well as others in our community at our Open State event, Why Mental Illness is Good For You.
By using the wealth of knowledge of those with a lived experience we will take lessons learnt and share them with everyone.
You can register for Open State here.