Bio - Nathan Jennings
Hi, I’m Nathan and I am the founder of Addressing Mental Health. My motivation behind establishing Addressing Mental Health began after I started to develop several mental health problems of my own.
After finishing a criminal justice degree at the end of 2018, I had my heart set on joining the NSW police force. However, I had the opportunity to pursue a career as a community corrections officer after completing my studies.
I was so excited by the opportunity and I began to plan for my future, thinking about buying my first home, going on overseas holidays and all the materialistic things I was going to buy. Part of the job required me to stay at an academy in Sydney for 2 months training.
This is where my struggle with mental health began. This was the first time in my life where I had experienced anxiety, I couldn’t focus, I couldn’t sleep, I felt home sick and I just didn’t want to be there. My health continued to deteriorate rapidly, and I decided that this job wasn’t for me.
I returned home and it was the first time in my life where I felt lost, I thought to myself that I couldn’t join the police force because I didn’t feel I was capable after the experience I went through at the corrective services academy. I was scared, confused and didn’t know what my next chapter in life involved. I thought I needed to try something completely different.
I started working for my father who is a fitter by trade and own his own business. I worked for him for 7 months but during this time my mental health was like a rollercoaster. I would have good days and bad days. Navigating the mental health system was a challenge for me because I had never accessed any support, services or treatments for mental health.
While working for my father I accessed psychologists, GP’s, naturopaths, hypnotherapists, a psychiatrist, hospitals, over the phone councillors, I started meditation, learnt DMT breathing, tried several medications, changed my diet, started exercising more and many other forms of treatments.
Many of these have helped me significantly, however, for many of them I found that some are very expensive to access and there are usually long waiting times to access specialised services. I stopped working for my father because I realised that my heart was not in it and it was more important for me to look after my own wellbeing.
I learnt that so many people around the world, particularly those of us that live in western societies are struggling with mental illnesses. I believe that we are experiencing a mental health epidemic, the number of people taking their own lives and the number of people who are suffering from mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety is very worrying.
While I acknowledge that there are some fantastic services, support networks and treatments that exists and can genuinely help people who suffer from mental illnesses. I believe that our system is failing to address and overcome the mental health crisis that we are currently experiencing.
This is what motivated me to establish Addressing mental health. I believe that my knowledge, experience and passion for helping people can not only raise awareness and break the stigma surrounding mental health. But I believe I can help save people’s lives by educating them about mental health.