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