Toughest battles conquered by Indigenous brothers

Raising the Torres Strait islander flag: Western Sydney Local Health District Aboriginal health manager Belinda Cashman and Aboriginal Elder Uncle Ray Leslie at Mount Druitt Hospital today.

Two mates who battled addiction, mental illness, prison and homelessness have spoken out at a Mount Druitt Hospital NAIDOC Week event about how they have turned their lives around. 

The guest speakers Stephen Morris and Chris Grevsmuhl travel the nation delivering drug and alcohol awareness and suicide prevention talks based on their personal journeys and experience.

They are known as Brothers 4 Recovery – a non-for-profit company which  give talks to youth groups, schools, national and community forums, aim to reduce suicide rates from substance abuse.

Today’s event at Mount Druitt Hospital continues the celebration of Aboriginal culture across Western Sydney Local Health District this week.

Steve Morris, Chris Gresvmuhl and Al Hattersley from Brothers 4 Recovery.  Photo courtesy Central Western Daily. 

Mount Druitt Hospital’s Aboriginal liaison officer Trevor Bates was delighted Chris and Stephen were able to visit the hospital to share their personal journey from hardship to contentment.

“They are truly inspirational, showing that you can make a difference and change your life if you really want to,” Trevor said.

“A huge thank you to Uncle Ray Leslie and WSLHD Aboriginal Health manager Belinda Cashman who together raised the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags.”

Left to right: Mount Druitt Hospital Aboriginal liaison officer Trevor Bates, WSLHD Aboriginal health manager Belinda Cashman, Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals’ general manager Ned Katrib and WSLHD Aboriginal health strategy director Braiden Abala.

This year’s theme for NAIDOC Week is Voice, Treaty and Truth.

For further information on NAIDOC Week click here and Brothers 4 Recovery click here.