Brisbane-based Peter Bell is a family man who is passionate about normalising and improving the conversation around mental health.
A breakdown at the age of 38 resulted in Peter being admitted to hospital, where he finally found the help he needed. A diagnosis of obsessive-compulsive disorder finally brought some much-needed relief. Over many months, Peter learned how to manage his illness and to live a more balanced life. He now refers to his breakdown as a ‘breakthrough’.
These days Peter works alongside people and businesses to help them find purpose in their specific journey, despite the inevitable challenges life may deliver. The book ‘Stepping Out the Other Side’, describes Peter’s journey from illness to health with honesty and passion. His vision is that his story will inspire others to seek help immediately if they are suffering. Asking for help is not a weakness. It is the most courageous thing anyone can do. Wesley Vasile, Co-founder of MAf, sits down with Peter, who is also on the advisory board and committee for Suicide Prevention Pathways and Q Shelter, to discuss his story and the importance he places on taking time and speaking about mental health.