Over 75% of mental health problems occur before the age of 25.
Starting the conversation could save a life
Speak & Share's founding directors are three best mates who have shared the loudest of laughs and have lent each other a shoulder through the hardest of times. Like a lot of us, we too have experienced the pain of losing a best mate to suicide, a family member to a workplace accident, and enduring the separation of our parents. With each others support, we have been able to stand tall through these hard times.
The idea of creating Speak & Share originated early in 2021. We thought becoming a teacher will be great, but asked ourselves; “what more could we do?”. At this time, we knew people were struggling, the impact of lockdowns were entrenching isolation, and for us it had led to some significant changes in our lives. The three of us knew that we wanted to positively impact our community, and here we are today, motivated to encourage vulnerability and build upon a positive community culture.
Being three qualified teachers who also have years of experience working with youth, we have seen the impact that lockdowns have had. Our friendship blossomed when we noticed a shared passion to help others. This passion has now brought us here, where we aspire to de-sensitise the mental health stigma, and to normalise starting the conversation with our mates, team members, fellow employees or the wider community.
We would like to hear your stories and have you join us in facilitating the change in our communities awareness and understanding of the mental health challenges faced by so many each and every day.
Speak & Share’s vision is to become one of Australia's most impactful Mental Health advocacy organisations that creates everlasting change in our community.
Speak & Share’s mission is to influence community culture and educate on mental health strategies so that family, friends and the community should never again see any one in Australia suffer from the devastating impacts of mental health.
The sunflower endures some of the hottest summer days and toughest moments throughout its life, yet remains standing tall. For Speak & Share the sunflower signifies endurance and strength despite the challenges it faces during its life. Importantly, the sunflower represents how we need to foster and care for our own mental health and those around us.
Our community values
Starting the conversation
When growing a sunflower, the first step is to plant the seed. For Speak & Share, planting the seed represents starting the conversation. It can often be the hardest part to begin, but it will pay dividends and prove the most rewarding.