Peta had her first suicidal thought at just 11 years of age. She remembers thinking: "What is this evil thing in me? Why would I have something in my head telling me to hurt myself?”
By age 22, the thoughts had become overwhelming – especially at night.“Each night I’d ask the universe, ‘Help me. I'm in such pain here. I don't know what to do’.”
As her thoughts became more and more insistent, Peta reached out to her friends. But they were no help. One even told her she was becoming ‘a burden’. “Looking back, I know my friends just weren't equipped,” says Peta, “everyone was just so awkward about it and didn't know what to do.”
It takes a pretty extraordinary person to use their own pain to help others – but Peta has done it. She's now a trainer, consultant, advocate and speaker throughout the mental health and suicide prevention space.
Lifeline is a critical part of Peta's toolkit and she courages people to call Lifeline at any time.
“Sometimes it’s just that one other voice that you need to hear at that time. In my own journey, I needed that. Sometimes you need to hear from someone that you deserve help, and this is where you can get it.It’s that moment of connection with another human that made me want to live.”