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Lived Experience Advocate, Vic

Russell has lived with schizophrenia for over 20 years. He is constantly working on a path to self-improvement and recovery. He is married with two children and working full time.

He has had a couple of roles as a peer support worker in the past and contributed to speaking engagements within schools, universities and other working groups. He believes one of the most important things in psychiatric care is understanding the person prior to illness and that wellness is not just treatment of symptoms.

The Mental Health Professionals’ Network (MHPN) respectfully acknowledges the Wurundjeri and the Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin nation, the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land on which our office is situated. We also acknowledge Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.