Heather Opens Up About Why Mental Health Week Is So Important To Her

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Amber Lowther

9 October 2018

Amber Lowther

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It's Mental Health Week & this morning on the show, Heather opened up about why this week is so important to her.

Yesterday, Heather made her way to Robina Hospital's Mental Health Services and gave a talk on her experiences with mental health.

"Back in the day when I was 18, there was no real mental health area. When I was growing up with my mum - she had paranoid delusional schizophrenia - she was so unwell. We grew up thinking it was normal to run from people trying to kill you. There was no one trying to kill us, it was all in her head. 

"I went there yesterday to talk about my experiences with her. They didn't realise, but my mum actually got diagnosed by those guys. So when I was 18, we actually found her on the street after she'd been missing for 8 months and we took her there.

"The next day, when we came back, the doctor sat us down and asked how long our mum had been suffering from a mental illness. She was always a bit odd, we just figured she was fine. So back then, their mental health wing was one small ward of maybe a few beds and that was it. And now, they've got a whole building!

"For Mental Health Week, these guys are really making giant leaps here on the Gold Coast," Heather said. 

If you're struggling and need someone to talk to, you can call Lifeline on 13 11 14 


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