The Centre for Emotional Health is extremely fortunate to have Ambassadors who lend their support to raising awareness about the importance of emotional health, the need for continued research and the difference research can make to lives of individuals, families and communities.

Erin Hoare, semi-professional netballer and psychology PhD candidate

When she's not shooting goals on the netball court Erin Hoare is busily working towards a doctorate in Psychology.  Having already attained a Bachelor of Psychology with Honours, Erin's PhD study will evaluate the impact physical activity and nutrition choices have on adolescent depression.  Erin says:

"I am passionate about mental health awareness because the negative emotional experiences associated with excess worry, anxiety and stress is something we all experience. I believe we misleadingly feel that these experiences are ingrained within us and that they cannot change – that admitting to anxiety may be seen as inadequate or weak. I have been fortunate through academic and sporting experiences to learn that this belief is so untrue and that we can learn to care for our emotional health, not dissimilar to how we learn to take care of our physical health. Being emotionally healthy is something I believe every individual has the right to achieve and a pursuit that shows great courage and strength.

The Centre for Emotional Health provides amazing support for those experiencing anxiety, depression and related mental health issues through research and practical application – opportunities to support emotional health that would not have otherwise been available. I am a passionate and proud supporter of the work being done at the Centre for Emotional Health. Understanding anxiety, reducing stigma around mental health issues and providing access to resources, tools and skills is of upmost importance to our overall well-being."

Erin Hoare
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Dr Jessica Baker, ultra runner

“Mummy, I don’t have bad thoughts anymore”. Tears well in a mum’s eyes, as she shares a touching moment in treatment with her daughter. I have been fortunate enough to work at the Centre for over four years, and see first-hand just what outstanding work is achieved.  People ask me how I am able to run such long distances.   There is pain, there are low patches, but I hold on, I push on, and the feeling at the end is amazing. One of the things I love about ultra running, is that it pushes beyond what we think we can do.   The CEH’s work, behind the scenes through research and hands on, helps challenge the restrictions that anxiety and depression can place on one’s life. It is a place where individual’s can push beyond their anxiety, and enjoy all the brilliance that life has to offer!  It is an honour to be an ambassador for the CEH and share in their vision for an emotionally health community.

Jessica Baker

Simon Palomares, writer and entertainer

Stand-up comedian Simon Palomares was one of the creators and stars of the Wogs Out of Work comedy stage show, which later evolved into the Acropolis Now TV series. He has performed comedy shows in the United States, Canada and now Spain and Argentina, where he performs stand-up in Spanish. An acclaimed actor, writer, director, he is also one of the most sought-after corporate entertainers in Australia.

"If sanity, as they say, is a reality we share, nothing can be more important to promote mental health than communication and the confidence to share one's problems and concerns without the fear of stigma.  I feel a bit of a fraud talking about anxiety and panic disorders these days as, I have to admit, in  my case they seem to have been relegated to my past, which I hope gives encouragement to current sufferers. In my case it was a mixture of Cognitive Therapy, being aware of stress levels in my life and cross checking with people around me as to the validity of my fears. To me the ability to speak freely of our mental health concerns is of the utmost importance in dealing with mental health issues many of which are suffered in private and in silence."

Simon Palomares

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