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.
“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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