CEO & Founder of Love Me Love You Lance has lived with Mental Illness since he was 15 years old. Having played AFL for 8 years in a former life living what he thought was his dream but behind closed doors was playing with the challenges of Depression and Anxiety.
Lance connects with the community to help people in the community understand the challenges of Mental Health and the importance of investing in a wellbeing plan, you will leave feeling inspired and connected to what you need to do for you and improve the mental health and health outcomes in your life
Wellness Warrior, Personal Trainer and all round Health and Fitness promoter. Megan has experienced anxiety and depression first hand so knows too well the importance of looking after yourself; mind, body and soul. Her passion now lies with assisting people to live a well-balanced life but most importantly to have lots of fun.Megan will leave you feeling inspired and motivated to live a well-balanced life.
Fuelled by his passion and commitment to the health and wellbeing of individuals James strive to assist and support people in maximising development, learning and performance. James has demonstrated this passion through his years studying at La Trobe University where he developed his skills in Rehabilitation Counselling, mental health, behaviour change and wellbeing. James has a strong desire to not only contribute but to make a real difference in the lives of the community. James is a believer in the creation of an environment in which shared values and goals assist in contributing to increasing people’s self-esteem, optimism and inclusion.
As a Personal Trainer/Fitness Instructor Louise has a passion for helping people strive for there goals. Whatever your goal, she feels it’s important that the journey you take to reach them is an enjoyable one, therefore being in the best place mentally is super important. Our mental health plays a vital role in all facets of our life, Louise feels that by making people aware of their mental wellbeing, actually identifying how people are travelling mentally not only physically is an important role in her career. She feels that everyone should feel comfortable in being able to portray their feelings and ask for help when needed.
This is why workshops and foundations like Love Me Love You are crutical in our communities today. Louise feels that helping spread the word on Mental illness, depression and wellbeing can only benefit many people and looks forward to contributing in a positive way to enhance individuals lives further.
After being exposed to her own individual hardships through family and friends growing up, Julia was driven and passionate about pursuing a career in the mental health industry. This lead her to studying a Bachelor in Psychological Science and Masters of Clinical Counselling at the Australian Catholic University. Julia has been fortunate enough to work with individuals from all stages of the lifespan from young children with developmental and behavioural disabilities, through to older adults who are in need of support and a listening ear. Love Me Love You provides Julia with the opportunity to increase awareness and reduce the stigmas around mental illness present in our community, in the hope of enabling individual’s to feel supported through overcoming life’s challenges.
Michael was exposed to Love Me Love You in 2012, and having suffered from depression for several years he was inspired to get involved and help youth in need of support. Michael knows how important it is to have fantastic networks around you. He has amazing family, excellent friends and he understands how critical it is to know your triggers, coping mechanisms and how to talk about what you are going through.
Throughout his life Michael has had loved ones affected by both mental health concerns and substance abuse. This has fueled his passion to help others by bringing these topics into the forum for discussion. Michael has transitioned into a career educating others about alcohol, illicit drugs and wellbeing, and he is passionate about sharing his story and reducing the persistent stigma that surrounds mental illness.
Michael feels privileged to be an ambassador for Love Me Love You and to reinforce the message that no one should ever travel the journey of mental illness alone.
Ben Payne, is our Mental Health First Aid Accredited Facilitator and is based in Townsville, Queensland. We are fortunate to have Ben as part of the team and he travels to Melbourne and all over Australia to facilitate Youth Mental Health First Aid for Love Me Love You.
Belief-Courage-Persistence are three words that Ben lives his life by and is evident in what and how he presents. Ben has a long history in junior sports coaching and believe very much in early intervention for youth and adolescent mental health. Life presents many challenges and given that 1 in 4 people with a mental illness develop that mental illness before the age of 25 it is crucial that society has as many ‘Youth Mental Health First Aiders’ in the community as is possible.
Having two young boys himself Ben gets to see how precious they are every day and the opportunity that he and others have to provide as good an environment as possible for all young people to grow up in, develop and thrive in is a privelidge and not to be taken for granted. Passion and engagement is how he presents this vital information to ensure that all participants head back to their normal life both well informed and with a real sense of awareness. Ben is happy to travel this journey with you and you will not be disappointed knowing that he puts more than 100% into every session.
Ben is in the process of gaining accreditation for Standard Mental Health First Aid and Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Mental Health First Aid. We are looking forward to adding these courses to our program in 2018.
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