Fresh outlook: Warrnambool’s Darren Dorey turned his life around changing careers to work in mental health after a suicide attempt ten years ago. He attended the Fight for Your Life forum on Tuesday. Picture: Madeleine McNeil
Nanjing Night Net

Ten years after a suicide attempt, Warrnambool’s Darren Doreyis happy to be alive.

“I got the right help at the right time and I’m genuinely glad I’m still here,” he said.

Mr Dorey was 40 years-old when relationship issues and“a long list of things” from his life caught up with him.

“I didn’t get the help I needed initially and it built up until the camel couldn’t take anymore straws on its back,” he said.

Mr Dorey was admitted to South West Healthcare’s mental health ward where he sought help for achronic health condition and anxiety and depression.

“It wasn’t a matter of not wanting to live, it was not wanting to cause any painfor anyone else.

“My family and friends (were feeling my pain). I didn’t want to be a burden on them anymore and that’s howI felt, thatI was a burden.”

Mr Dorey attended Tuesday’s forum and is supportive ofanything that encouragespeople to ask for help and raises awareness about the support services available.

He said early intervention and ongoing support for people who attempted suicideand their families was needed.

“The suicide rate is twice as high as the road toll and there’s still that much stigma about it.

“I heard someone say (suicide’s)the most selfish act you can do but that’s the furthest thing from the truth.

“At the time you don’t think there is any other option.

“(The anxiety) was crippling. I couldn’t go out side the front door because I thought I was going to die. It was that bad.

He said it was a slow road to recovery which includedtwo years of intensive work.

“It was the hardest job I’ve ever done but the most rewarding.”

Mr Dorey wentfrom working in sales in a multi-million dollar company, to retraining to become a peer support worker at South West Healthcare.

He also facilitates the Warrnambool Wellways recovery group, working with people with mental health issues.

“I turned my experiences around Inow workin mental health and helpother people with their stuff.

“I’m trying to make their journeysa little bit easier. I do get what it’sfeels like to be completely lost and what it’s like to live it.”

He said a change of career, new relationship and outlook meant he was enjoying life again.

“I actually wake up and think ‘It’s Tuesday what’s on today?’rather than‘Oh shit I woke up’.”

He encouraged others to visit theirGP or contact Lifeline who couldprovide links to services.

“Life turned around from what was seeminglyrock bottom. It’s turned around and become good again.”

If you or someone you know needs help contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

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