When advocating for mental health awareness, community involvement is vital.
This week’s podcast guest Trent Chapman is passionate about using his lived experience of mental health challenges to create education and awareness to his community.
Now 35 years of age, Trent was diagnosed with depressive disorder at the age of 13 and has been managing his own mental Illness since. Trent’s methods of delivering the Mental Health First Aid program are far from traditional. Being extremely open in the hope to inspire, Trent uses the power of story to deliver real and personal insight to help participants better understand mental illness.
Trent is also the founder of Movement Functional Fitness, an exercise culture supporting both physical and mental health. He delivers his program ‘Movement Meerkids’ into schools on the Northern Rivers of NSW, using specific techniques to break down bullying and isolation and create more resilient future leaders.
Tune in this week as Trent recounts his childhood experiences growing up in Bathurst, battling a drug addiction and depression at a young age, and his experience being incarcerated at 19. Trent also updates us on what he’s doing now to champion mental health in different communities, his recent diagnosis of bipolar disorder, and his current work as a Mental Health First Aid facilitator.