Inspiring, uplifting and motivating through my story battling mental illness.
One of my top passions in life are issues around mental illness. My journey has seen me weave my way through addictions, hyper-manic episodes, severe depression, and postnatal depression; to then go on to learning healthy coping skills for life. My passion for sharing this topic comes from real life experience and a true joy for connecting with people.
I share stories to inspire and motivate others to ask for help, accept the help and rise up and thrive. I candidly talk about my time in respite and a psychiatric hospital and finding my way out of the darkness. Some stories are ridiculously funny, while others are heartbreaking.
In 2018, I started the initiative ‘Offspring Wellbeing’ with a vision of ‘The Long Game’ where we shift our focus away from our current state of mental health in NZ and onto teaching the next generation wellbeing skills. I offer talks and workshops to parents, families and professionals, teaching easy everyday skills to help children grow into a happy future with skills to help them through the harder times.
1 in 6 adults in New Zealand will have a mental illness in their lifetime and there are still WAY too many pockets of society that are uncomfortable with mental illness. I want to open those pockets up and be a contributor to changing the stigma towards mental illness because it’s SO common.
I share my knowledge and experiences around my journey to help those experiencing mental illness feel less alone and to bring understanding and insight to the 5 out of 6 people who won’t experience a mental illness.
I am available to bring my passion to your workplace, event or stage!
“Rebecca stuns her audience every time I see her take the stage – such an impressive delivery that makes a huge impact on them. Confident – bold – a raw ability to grab her target, and make them sit up and listen – then relaxes them with clever humour, builds them up again, finishing on a really big note. ”
– Neil Duncan
“WOW, Rebecca owned the stage! Her message captivated the room and left us wanting more. A true professional.”
I love your long game plan for the future of our kids. Giving kids the language to speak about these issues and removing the stigma around them is so important and I think you really are on to something our country is in desperate need of. The relatable way you share parts of your own journey along with practical tips is so engaging and informative. Thank you!