Connie is a Counsellor, Youth Worker, Author and Mental Health Advocate.
Connie tragically lost her former partner, Jesse Bird, to mental illness in 2017. This loss inspired a passion in Connie to advocate for veterans and families using her lived experience for the benefit of all in the veteran community. Connie sits on national advisory committees including Beyond Blue and Open Arms.
In 2019 Connie published Once Upon A Feeling with the aim of helping children express their emotions in creative ways. For her advocacy and leadership Connie was a finalist in the 2019 Australian Mental Health Prize.
In 2020 she is undertaking a Leadership Pathway Program into Politics.
australian war memorial
the sufferings of war
Connie advocated for a sculpture and memorial that sits on the grounds of the AWM in Canberra that acknowledges the war that comes home. The sculpture will be launched in 2021. Meetings have been held bi-monthly since 2019. For further details and if you would like to donate, please follow the link below
peer mentor program
The Open Arms Community and Peer Program involves ‘lived experience’ peers working collaboratively with veterans, families, community agencies and mental health clinicians.
Community and Peer Advisors complement our counselling and group program services, and provide a more holistic and therapeutic experience for clients.
Our Community and Peer Advisors uniquely understand what it is like to reach out for support. As ex-ADF veterans and family representatives, they have had the experience of accessing mental health services for their own recovery and wellbeing. Based on their personal experiences, they understand what it takes to find a way back from mental illness and are well placed to support current and ex-serving ADF members and their families to find solutions for better health and wellbeing.
For more information contact Open Arms
1800 011 046