Nic Newling shares his experiences with TRAC students

Nic Newling didn’t shy away from the tough issues when he talked to Year 10 students at the Riverina Anglican College about mental health.

But it was his straight-talking style that won over his teenage audience.

Mr Newling, who suffered with a mood disorder throughout high school and lost his brother to suicide, now dedicates himself to changing the way mental illness is addressed.

“He was down to earth, he made a real connection,” Georgia Lewington said.

Nic Newling chats with (clockwise from left) Georgia Lewington, Harry Byrnes, James Rossiter, Trent Wallace, Mitchell Salan, Brayden Begg, Mikaely Spatrshott, Isabelle Heffer and Ruby O'Mahoney.

Nic Newling chats with (clockwise from left) Georgia Lewington, Harry Byrnes, James Rossiter, Trent Wallace, Mitchell Salan, Brayden Begg, Mikaely Spatrshott, Isabelle Heffer and Ruby O'Mahoney.

“I’m coming from the angle of a personal story. I have gone from a place where everything was pretty terrible to now being good,” Mr Newling said.

He said schools and students were often “leading the charge” on mental health.

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