Mel’s passion for suicide prevention is grounded in her lived experience of caring for her brother and acting as his advocate in interactions with health services. Alongside the heartache and frustration, Mel found a source of hope in the use of her experiences as a means to drive real change.
Mel has actively advocated for families as a Family Carer Representative in NSW, Australia. She has worked in the community directly alongside diverse groups, including children and young people, parents and caregivers, victims, offenders, Police and other frontline responders. She aims to reduce harm and promote wellness & connection.
Mel draws upon wisdom from her lived experience to inform, collaborate, and educate in the mental health and suicide prevention sectors. The principles of co-design and family-inclusive practice are central to her work, and she believes that early intervention and prevention are the keys to timely recovery.