My name is Aaron West and I’m 17 years old and a Year 12 student at Temple Christian College (Mile End) in Adelaide.
My father Ian and I are shaving for Mental Health, with all proceeds going to R U OK?.
all donations over $2 are tax deductible so get in and donate before the end of
this financial year 😉
Date: 2nd of July 2022
Charity: R U OK?
Coverage: Before and after photos will be taken on the day and posted on social media
A Little of My Story
I have and still personally battle with anxiety and depression.
It’s been a long hard journey and without my supportive family, caring teachers, medical professionals and a loving Church community I wouldn’t be here today.
I’ve hit rock bottom many times, but my parents in particular, are always there for me, with no exceptions. Even though Dad grew up on an Aussie farm in part of sheering shed, where ‘toughen up’, and ‘get the job done’ were the most commonly used phrases, he still supported me every step of the way and accepted that anxiety and depression is more than just a ‘bad day’ or ‘a weakness’.
to walk alongside me in my journey Dad (Ian) has agreed to shear his wild beard
COMPLETELY OFF, which he hasn’t done in 46 years (since he was 20
years of age)!!!
Why R U OK? of all mental health charities you may be asking?
If I could recall a major turning point of my mental health journey, it would have to be being asked “are you ok” by a genuinely concerned, caring teacher. It wasn’t the first time someone had asked me, but it was undoubtedly genuine.
These three simple words when asked genuinely and lovingly (sometimes even more than once) can change the trajectory of someone’s life, and even save a life.
I know it certainly changed mine.
That is why Dad and I have chosen to shear his beard and shave my head for R U OK?.
read this far, thank you for reading a little bit of my story, but most of all,
thank you for helping to raise awareness for mental health in our society
Please share this donation link with as many people as you feel comfortable to. I would like to raise as much as possible for this truly worthy cause, as well as bringing much needed awareness to youth and young adult mental health.
Aaron and Ian West
from someone who has struggled with it, if you or someone you know is experiencing
any symptoms of depression and/or anxiety reach out and ask for help today.
There is someone waiting and wanting to listen, talk and help you TODAY.
13 11 14
24/7 for crisis support and suicide prevention services.
Text support is also available: 0477 13 11 14
1300 22 4636
Call 24/7 for advice, referral and support from a trained mental health professional
Thank you to my Sponsors
Annie And James Cowley
David (blondie) West
Rodger & Sue West
Suzi & Sparky Marquis
Nathan & Elisha West
Hannah Koh & Family
Lego Lover And Hayley
Suz, Charlee & Storm
Uncle Martin And Aunty Sita Sinclair
Magan And Amy Schaefer
Helen N Andrew Sinclair
Linda & Jamie
Nicole & Elijah
Stella, Heath, Bella & Jacob Frankel
Deborah Franklin & Family
Shaz And Girls
Josephine & Edward West
The Lads Event
Josh Brenton Mooi