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
Well done AJ, proud of you mate
We are so proud of you and what an amazing cause to be involved in …
Annie And James Cowley
We are so proud of who you are. What you do helps others on their journey.
David (blondie) West
Congratulations Aaron on supporting this very important organisation. You can be very proud of your efforts. Well done! 👌
Well done to both of you, much admiration
Proud of you
Rodger & Sue West
Keep it going 👍🏻
Suzi & Sparky Marquis
We are also advocates of R U OK, and stand with you, Aaron. It’s lovely to see your smiling face and we are so proud of what you are doing along with your Dad.
Nathan & Elisha West
Fantastic initiative! We are really proud of you
Good on you and Dad Mate.
No words can convey my brotherly pride. May the love for your follow man continue to the corner stone is all you do.
So proud of you both 🙏🏻🙏🏻
Awesome effort for an amazing cause!!
God bless you Aaron xx
You make a bigger impact than you realise cuzzy! 😊
Hannah Koh & Family
So proud of and encouraged by both of you!
A wonderful cause that I feel very passionate about 💙 you should be so proud of yourselves
Lego Lover And Hayley
All the best tomorrow. Very keen to see the pics!
Suz, Charlee & Storm
Aaron very proud to support you & Uncle Ian with this Love Suz, Charlee & Storm xox
Happy to help as everyone deserves to be heard, loved and supported . Saving lives is Such a valuable gift. Thank you for caring and raising awareness. You are very special to all x
Thank you for sharing your story Aaron. You and your dad are both inspirational 🙂
Uncle Martin And Aunty Sita Sinclair
Very proud of you champion
So proud of the young man you have become Aaron. You were always one of my favourite students. What an amazing cause.
Great cause Aaron.
All the best to you Aaron, and my love to your parents
Well done you two! Best wishes for a cold head and face!
Magan And Amy Schaefer
Well done Aaron and Ian! Such a great cause...thanks for sacrificing your hair for it.
Well done Aaron a very important cause I hope you reach your goal.
Aaron I wish you all the best for this amazing venture. May God bless you. So many people and families have been impacted by the effects of mental health. Good luck.
All the best Aaron and good for you supporting such a great cause
so very proud of you Aaron -love you to bits Mumma
Helen N Andrew Sinclair
Well done boys, great cause.
Linda & Jamie
Nicole & Elijah
I’m so proud of the young man you’ve become and being vocal about a topic that is so incredibly important. God bless.
Very proud of you both xx
Good on you Aaron and Ian. Such an important topic that we struggle to talk about as a wider community. Good luck with your goal. Cheers Glassy
Aaron, reading your story was very moving. Sharing something so personal shows many of us we don’t have to be isolated on dark days and answer r u ok? honestly.
Stella, Heath, Bella & Jacob Frankel
You are a brave and courageous young man Aaron with a heart of gold. Your parents are also pretty amazing!
Awesome job Aaron! Great Cause!
Good on you Aaron, great effort (you too Ian) xx
Deborah Franklin & Family
All the best..
Keep making lemonade out of lemons. Awesome effort Westmen.
What a change to you both Wow 😮
Shaz And Girls
Your an amazing young man and so very proud of what your achieving. Praying for you xxx
Good Luck with your Fundraising I hope it all goes well for you. Sending Love Joanne
From one who has struggled with similar issues most of my life, I wish you well. Hopefully I’ll see you at boxing sometime (though I won’t recognise your dad without his beard!).
Excellent Job, Aaron and Ian. Fundraising for a great cause. The before and after photos are amazing. Good luck with your fundraising.
super proud of you Aaron, truly an inspiration!
May God great blessing be poured out upon you. You are a remarkable young man who has a brilliant future ahead
Proud of you, hope all goes well
Aaron wishing you all the best for your fundraising .
Well done Aaron and Ian!
Great to see!
Josephine & Edward West
Awesome stuff Aaron, making WKM proud!! Preston
The Lads Event
Great work Aaron!
Josh Brenton Mooi
Help you get closer to your goal !