I have been thinking about why writing today here in this weekly message about my decision to leave Mental Health Australia has been extra hard.
It’s because this weekly message has become such an important connection between us. More than 5000 people receive this each week and I can’t tell you how many people link personally back to me in writing or when we meet at conferences or forums. It’s because the link back to what is happening in the sector is provided. It is because it has created a unifying experience and it’s because people see their stories and voices reflected. And it has been personal.
It surprises me each time someone recognises me or knows my name before we have been introduced. “I know you - you write to me each Friday in the CEO Update!"
And it feels like we are friends.
So here I am letting you know that at the end of November I will finish up and head to a new role (which will be announced next week).
Our years together have been amazing for me and whilst I am not going for a few weeks I would like to say now - a big thank you.
What a wonderful experience it has been to lead this organisation with such a brilliant Board and capable, passionate and committed team.
Like me, they would want to acknowledge the work you all do that builds our sector, the journeys you are all on, and the wisdom we have developed in our shared work together.
Mental Health Australia is a national peak body that has a strong, confident and respected leadership voice in the national landscape.
This has been built over many years and it will only get stronger going forward.
This week alone has been remarkably successful with huge reach for our World Mental Health Day campaign, the launch and release of our first “Report to the Nation” and
Episode 2 of “Walk The Talk”.
And I will sign up to the Weekly CEO Update when I finish so that I can keep in touch with the developments and incremental reform that we have been advocating for together!
It has indeed been a privilege.