I have been working in the field of mental health for almost 18 years. Through my articles and press releases, presentations and workshops (both locally and internationally), I try to create awareness about the issues of mental health and get people excited about self-awareness and connection to others and the world. Self-awareness, resilience, and re-uniting with ourselves is not only fun, but vital if weÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢re going to be happy in this weird, crazy world of ours! I believe that the most important factor in your success is you. You are essential to your happiness and quality of life. Being aware of who you are is vital if you want to reach your potential and be truly happy and content. The most exciting adventure you will ever take is the journey to yourself. As you begin to discover your true passions, talents, your voice, so you can better understand others, make the choices that are right for you, and make happiness yours. Self-Awareness, and Resilience are key in the development of other capabilities and the growth towards the ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“bestÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ you that you can be.
I am passionate about communication and believe that cutting through jargon and getting to the heart of the issue is a critical skill for people and companies to communicate effectively. Apart from my editing work, I also train people to communicate effectively in the workplace and with others on an interpersonal level, both in writing and verbally and non-verbally. I design and facilitate workshops to impart the skills people need to work out what they want to say or need to say, and coach them to communicate effectively. 2011/2012 Winner of the Pfizer Journalism Award for Mental Health
Presenter at the World Federation for Mental Health Congress (Cape Town 2011)
Presenter at the Inter-Disciplinary Conference on Suicide in Prague (2011)
Presenter at the Inter-Disciplinary Conference on Bullying in Prague (2011)
Presenter at the SAPA Conference on Education in Cape Town (2009)
Regular guest on SABC 3Talk, Talk Radio 702, SAFM, ETV News, 3rd Degree Regular contributor to the Mail & Guardian, The Star, Women & Home, African Journal of Psychiatry, The Beeld
Areas of Expertise
mental health, Resilience, education, Trauma
An idea worth spreading
I am passionate about developing resilience and giving people the opportunity to learn about themselves. I have learnt resilience in my life through the experiences I have been through and I have learnt my own triggers and pitfalls, strengths and passions.
I'm passionate about
I adore cats, shoes, books, antiques, and tea - and my car. My inspiration is Viktor E. Frankl, Dr Seuss and RuPaul, and two wonderful men Ã¢â‚¬â€œ newspaperseller David and gardener Brave.
Talk to me about
Education, trauma, mental health, resilience, human rights for all
People don't know I'm good at
My TED story
I am passionate about rights, education, and power for the underdog. I am inspired by people from all walks of life and enjoy making connections and learning new ways to approach old issues. I am a powerful speaker but I also need powerful people and ideas to motivate me.