(Warning: this blog post contains somewhat graphic content which may be distressing to some readers. If you are in crisis and need support please call Lifeline on 13 11 14).
On the afternoon of November 17th, 2007 at around 3pm my dad chose to climb a small step-ladder, string a piece of electrical cord over a rafter of my family’s shed and hang himself.
Shortly after I arrived home and discovered his body.
I was 15.
10 years later – I have created an organisation in my dad’s name. I have converted the space where my dad took his own life into a positive one. And I have brought my family together.
On the afternoon of November 17th, 2017 at around 3pm I chose to climb that small step-ladder and string a boxing bag from the very same rafter of the shed.
Shortly after I kicked the absolute shit out of it in the presence of people who love me.
I am 25.
10 years is a long time.
My family, like so many other families, continue to suffer.
I could ramble on for days here – but I don’t need to.
Action inspires action.
I didn’t want to climb that ladder. But I know it was necessary. For my actions, like yours, inspire the actions of others. My actions show people that there is a way forward.
CREATE DIALOGUE – INSPIRE CHANGE.
Photos by my cousin @joshua_kane_photography and myself.