It’s hard to believe, but according to Beyond Blue, one in five Australians will experience a mental health condition in a given year and almost one in two will experience a mental health condition during their lifetime.
It’s scary to think that most of us will experience a dark time at some point in our lives, whether it be anxiety or depression, but it’s even scarier to think that not everyone will overcome this mental illness.
And so when we heard the story of local Sydney man Jonathan, who had been through one of the darkest periods of his life but managed to pull himself out of the darkness and completely rebuild his life, we were in complete awe.
Jonathan’s mum Brenda called up the Kyle and Jackie O to tell them about her son’s emotional journey. She told us that he was on the verge on ending it all, and her words truly broke our hearts.
“My son has been in such a dark place for six months,” said Brenda. “He’s making comments like ‘it’s not how I’m going to commit suicide mum, it’s when I’m going to do it’.”
As a mother herself, Jackie felt sick to her stomach and couldn’t even imagine how hearing this made Brenda feel. Brenda explained that it made her feel helpless because you don’t know what to do or what to say to help.
“I wish sometimes there was a guide that you could actually pick up and read to say this is the right thing…I just said to him, ‘I really don’t know what to say but I just want you to know that I love you dearly.”
But thankfully, Jonathan managed to turn his life around. He had hit rock bottom but managed to pull himself out of the darkness and rebuild his entire life and even decided to start his own roof tiling business. And Brenda couldn’t be more proud of her son.
“He’s given up alcohol, he’s actually turned and gone to yoga once a week, and he’s just had a complete turn around,” explained Brenda.
Unfortunately, starting a business comes with it’s own challenges and Jonathan found himself having to sell off his own furniture in order to pay the bills. But that was all about to change. Kyle and Jackie O had a plan to help Jonathan get his tiling business, Resolved Roof Solutions, up and running.
Our building manager Lou called up Jonathan under the ruse that he would be coming in to fix a leak in our roof. But when he walked into the studio Kyle and Jackie O surprised him with a whopping $10,000 to help kickstart his business.
Watch the moment that Kyle and Jackie O surprised Jonathan in the video above!
If you are in need of help you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.
A massive thanks goes out to Firstyle Homes for helping us out with this Giveback for Jonathan.