When I was 16-17, I was a troubled teen in a new town with no friends. I was battling with depression and anxiety and going downhill and no one knew at all. Honestly, I didn’t think anyone would care if they did. I was wrong. A miracle happened. I came into contact with Musicians Making A Difference and their space in Gosford. This little find was life changing for me. After attending their 351 Camp, I felt like my life finally had some hope and this wasn’t the fleeting kind either. It was wholesome and it made me feel unshakable. This is the word I remember hearing the most at that camp. UNSHAKABLE. The people I met quickly became family to me. They helped me through my lows and celebrated my highs. I felt important, valued, loved, and accepted. I was still experiencing depression and anxiety but it no longer ruled my life. I had chosen family to depend on for anything and that was more than enough for me on the hard days. With MMAD, I found my singing voice again, I could finally express myself and do it creatively rather than locking it all in, shutting down and doing anything to stay numb. Without their influence at a vulnerable time, I don’t know where I would be musically, spiritually, mentally or emotionally. I don’t know if I would even be here today. I’m just so grateful I was shown love, patience, respect and courage at the time I needed it most. I was shown how to RISE UP. Thanks MMAD!
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