WHO WE ARE

Drew Brauer

Kick On Founder/Chairperson

Age: 31 
Occupation: Musician/Kick On Chairperson 
Location: Cairns 
 
Why is mental health important to you:
I believe we all fluctuate up or down on a Mental Health spectrum and we all find ourselves in the red zone at many points in our life, whether it be from events out of our control, or more than likely, situations that have been created by our own thoughts, decisions and actions! I want to help build self-awareness, mental resilience and teach people about the correlation between physical health and mental health to empower the community to make positive changes for themselves, and for their fellow humans to make the world a better and far happier place! 
Tip or Quote:Life starts outside of your comfort zone. If you find yourself bored, it’s time for a change. You create the universe you live in so DREAM BIG! Fail! LEARN! GROW! LOVE!” – Drew Brauer

Gus Fernandez

Co-Founder/Treasurer

Age: 46
Occupation: Marketing & Event Manager / Musician
Location: Cairns

Why is Mental Health important to you?:
I think being the oldest out of the ‘Kick On’ board members, my life experience and what I’ve actually been through until now is quite extraordinary in which I find myself compelled to help others. Not only by sharing some of my own experiences & how to overcome those times of darkness but to believe in oneself, to help build resilience in our children, youth as well as our ageing population. We are living in a very fast paced society where everything is accessible by a single swipe or tap, more and more broken families, the struggle of people’s constant pursuit of “HAPPINESS” and living up to that expectation is also claiming many lives both young and old…. Cyber bullying within our child & adolescent communities whose minds are not fully developed yet to cope or deal with this type of mental abuse & stress, an ageing population that feel like giving up because they either feel they are being left behind in this cyber age or that it’s too late to get fit – healthy – change careers – have dreams etc, the homeless, returned service men and women struggling to fit in and suffering from PTSD… Those examples are just the tip of the iceberg of why Mental Health is a very important issue today. The spectrum is HUGE but there are also some amazing organisations & groups out there willing to help people. We would like to be that platform to get people connected on so many levels as well as participate in some of our awesome wellbeing programs. We are here to ‘Connect – Empower – Inspire’

Tip or Quote:
There’s one quote that has stuck with me all my life… “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed you could move many mountains & nothing will be impossible to you” this quote appeared to me during a dark time in my life where I was completely lost.. I went to make a phone call at a public phone booth with my last 40c but the phone didn’t work so my money fell through into the refund pocket. As I slid my hand in to grab my last 40c, out came a card which was left there by a stranger or (divine intervention) with this actual quote on it and a mustard seed stuck on it…. it has helped me many times and I carry it with me everywhere to this very day. KEEP THE FAITH ALIVE!

Ryan Toth

Advisor/Secretary

Age: 31
Occupation: Marketing Professional

Why is mental health important to you?:
Mental illness affects us all in different capacity’s. It is concerning to me that mental health issues don’t discriminate based on age or gender, this is evident by the frequency I hear about issues within friends and family. I have experienced the black dog personally multiple times through my life and know how lonely it can feel. I simply want to help others any way I can.

 

Connor Davy

Board Member

Age: 25
Occupation: Building Designer

Why is mental health important to you?:
Mental health has been a common factor in my life, both directly and indirectly through it effecting friends, family or coworkers. I became fed up with hearing things such as “we had no idea anything was wrong” once someone’s mental health troubles became public and felt more needed to be done to get more people speak up earlier and ask for help. The opportunity to become involved in the charity in its early stages has been a great experience and I’m looking forward to growing the charity and furthering the cause in the years to come.

Quote:Life’s most urgent question is: what are you doing for others?” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Guy De Silva

Kick On Team Member

Age: 33
Job: Doctor/GP
Location: Cairns

Why is mental health important to you:
To quote the World Health Organisation, mental health is more than the absence of mental disorders. I feel our mind is an amazing tool, it is through our mind that we experience and interpret reality, enjoy and cope with the ups and downs of life, contribute to our world and realise our potential .

Just like the body, the mind needs to be trained regularly, rested, and fed healthy to allow it keep functioning at its best. Life stress and mental disorders are common and can make mental health difficult to manage alone. This is why I feel helping each other through awareness and discussion about mental health, education, treatment and providing support is so important to us all as a community.

Tip or quote: There is no health without mental health.