In 2022 Lifeline Tasmania welcomed our first ever Ambassador, Tyler Richardson.
Tyler is the lead singer and guitarist from popular Tasmanian band Luca Brasi.
Tyler is a passionate advocate for suicide prevention and mental health awareness. When not playing or touring with his band or doing solo shows, Tyler is a teacher at a local high school.
Esther Nichols (Woody)
The first time I saw a radio studio was in my mid-twenties when I was looking for some work experience. It was not what I had expected at all. Shabby, degraded carpet was stapled to the walls for soundproofing. A bucket sat in the middle of the room, capturing the remnants of a leaky roof. There was no heating, as evidenced by the fog that emitted from my mouth, and there was an almost unbearable stench of fried food that floated through the air vents from the takeaway store beneath.
However, none of that mattered. I instantly fell in love with radio for its ability to connect with the community in real-time. The host on that day would talk, and within seconds the phones would light up. I fell in love with radio for its ability to allow people to interact with the show, share a laugh, a story, and feel heard.
Fifteen years later, I have been fortunate enough to be a part of it in various ways, from producing to presenting music shows and co-hosting breakfast shows.
Recently, I began sharing my long struggle with mental health. Some intense life events had left me psychologically and physiologically damaged, with little to no understanding at that time of what was happening. I was scared, confused, and felt crazy. After years like this, I finally decided to pick up the phone and call Lifeline. It was the best decision I ever made.
Then I called again. And again. And again. So many times, that I’m sure I would be a platinum gold member by now. My biggest hope is that I can help raise awareness of the incredible work that Lifeline does and share the message that it saved my life, and it can save others too.
Lifeline Tasmania hope that they will in the future announce more ambassadors and see this as just the first step in reshaping the way the organisation encourages help-seeking behaviour.
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