Episode 06: Fay Jackson
Welcome to this very special episode with Fay Jackson.
I first heard Fay speak on International Women’s Day at an event in Byron Bay.
It was a talk that changed my view on life. I was brought to tears by Fay's story and also profoundly motivated to do what I could to help become a leader when it comes to mental health.
This interview with Fay had the same effect on me – I was once again brought to tears but also given a tremendous amount of insight into the way we are currently managing mental health and how ALL of us can do something to help. I am extremely motivated and in awe of her resilience to continue her life’s work despite the challenges of what she’s faced in the past and continues to work with on a day to day basis.
Fay shares throughout the podcast how she experienced mental ill health from her early teenage years after suffering childhood trauma.
She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of 37 and early medical advice included that she would not be able to work and would have limited ability to contribute to the lives of those around her. This was advice which devastated her and had she taken it as gospel could have severly limited her potential.
Following the death of her adored brother, Peter, Fay decided to become a potent champion for people with mental health issues and show her daughters and others that there are ways of living well with mental illness.
At the age of 40 she was appointed to her first permanent role as a mental health advocate and has since gone on to hold a number of roles drawing on her lived experience.
In addition to serving as Deputy Commissioner of NSW mental health since 2013, Fay is General Manager, Inclusion at Flourish and CEO of her own company, Vision in Mind.
Fay’s focus is on the positive attributes of people with mental health issues, their abilities, their need and desire to work, to raise healthy, happy families, receive good education and to ensure their physical health needs are met.
Fay is passionate about the fact that mental health is an intergenerational, whole of health, whole of life issue and hopes to create a better mental health care system for her children and grandchildren.
I suggest that you have your tissues ready as you’ll be greatly moved by the heart of this courageous, resilient, witty and passionate lady. We discuss the importance of living your purpose, leadership, working towards your goals despite your fears and the art of appreciation.
So without any further ado, I bring you the incredible Fay Jackson.