This presentation is to educate and bring awareness to the other side of the fence about the experience of people living with a mental illness, how to cope, resilience and to break down the stigma and discrimination that surrounds it.
Presenter: Meet David, a Paramedic with 15 years ambulance service diagnosed with many mental illnesses including an initial diagnosis of Schizophrenia at the age of 19. He has served in multiple emergency roles and organisations for over 25 years, both volunteer and career, domestic, interstate and international and also been admitted into psychiatric hospitals 8 times.
David has been sectioned seven times, and have had eight admissions into psychiatric hospitals. I have been declared over 75% incapacitated to work by doctors, and also placed on the disability support pension. In 2010 David became a Paramedic and soon after he was promoted to ASO. David have worked in the ambulance service in both metro Sydney and regional NSW at multiple stations.
David's other related work experience in the emergency sector ranges from being a career firefighter both for the QFES, passing the four month intense academy at QCESA, stationed in Brisbane, and an Israeli Fire and Rescue Officer stationed near the West Bank, Israel. He has also taught as a first aid instructor for QAS and have volunteered for many years with the NSWRFS and NSWSES.
David is also currently a Volunteer Mental Illness educator for MIEACT, educating schools and organisations such as the AFP with firsthand experience of multiple mental illnesses in the hope of breaking down the stigma and discrimination that comes with this.
But my proudest accomplishment is my marriage with 3 kids.
Currently employed in a state ambulance service as a career paramedic.