‘By standing in front of a group of people and sharing your story and being vulnerable to that audience, it kind of leads to fulfilling my mission which is around creating awareness and education around mental health and wellbeing which is the first part. The second part is about inspiring conversations because it’s really important as blokes, but as communities, everybody in general, not just blokes, you know females as well. We all need to talk about this and not be scared to talk about our emotions, our feelings and how we are travelling. And then the third part of my mission is to enable and empower people to seek help in a safe environment that’s free from stigma.’ Warren Davies
Warren Davies is not your typical farmer! Or your typical man for that matter! At one point Warren was actually on the brink, someone who had hit rock bottom and was seriously questioning what life was all about. Thanks to what he calls his ‘two feet of perspective’ he chose to crawl up, out, over and through this moment and then a ‘chance’ invitation to unpack his story he learned he had something worth sharing and an ability to make a difference in the lives of others.
Resilience, Persistence and Determination are some words to describe Warren Davies.
Born and bred in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Warren was the son of small-business owners.
A leader throughout his Primary School years, this confidence was eroded once entering Secondary School, where he was subjected to bullying and not fitting in. His academic achievement began a downward spiral. This is where his skill of Resilience was developed a skill that would be called upon time and time again in future years.
In 1982 His family made the massive decision to move to the country and pursue his father’s dream of becoming a farmer. This gave Warren an opportunity to reinvent himself. A direction, a career path: he was going to be a Farmer!
Mentored by one of the best farmers in the district, Warren honed his skills and, by the age of 22, he had purchased his first farm.
The next sixteen years were to be defining years for him.
The harsh reality of being a farmer soon became evident: high interest rates, low commodity prices, flood and drought; all having an impact, but most significantly, was that on his mental health. These events all tested his Resilience, Persistence and Determination and had a massive impact on his young family, relationships and finances all culminating with the decision to basically having to walk off the farm.
Although with his skills, work was easy to find, managing large scale operations from Victoria to South Australia, it wasn’t the same, he couldn’t settle, he assumed that he had lost his identity because not only was the farm his career, it was his home, his life! In his eyes he had failed and carried the guilt of failing as a husband and father.
Being an avid reader of books, he searched for a better way, he began the journey of piecing back together his life, but the road has been long.
Now as a Keynote speaker, Facilitator and Mental Health advocate, Warren imparts his life lessons and pays forward his unique stories, their moral relevant to all ages, from the country to the city, a farmer or the CEO of a large corporation.
His message is simple and so very important at a time when stress is seen as normal, and depression is commonplace. Warren will change the thinking and behaviour of your most precious resource, your family, your people.
The key messages you will get from this podcast are:
Apart from speaking, Warren is a Husband, Father of 5, Son, Brother, Mate and normal bloke down the road, involved in his community as President of Kyabram P12 College, local football, netball club and mentor’s youth in the Mates program.
Warren is also proudly an Ambassador at Cottage By The Sea at Queenscliff a children’s charity offering camps and support for kids doing it tough from all over Australia while providing Inspiration, Fun and Opportunity in a safe and healthy environment.
You must hear this story. And share it with all you know who may be struggling or in need of help. Warren gives his tips and ideas on how to support someone you love.
We talk about covid and the impact on mental health and the need to stay connected. Warren suggests no matter what if you approach someone from the heart with no ulterior motive, if you stay connected, keep checking in and earn their trust and show your love and support you will help someone through their mental health challenges.
You will love it. And you will realise there is more to this farmer than meets the eye.
Please note of you need help you can reach out to the following numbers:
LIFELINE – 131114
BEYOND BLUE – 1300 22 4636
Warren’s definition of Self-Love is really becoming comfortable with who you are and accepting who you are. If there are parts of you that need working on like your mental health, you need to identify that. It could be your mental, physical, financial, social and relationship parts.
3 Lessons from Warren
Warren’s favourite quote is from Brene Brown:
“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”
Links to follow Warren:
You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjBuBGyP31mkU_10gPMgdEQ
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