Joel: I decided to take part in this video for the Beyond Now app because I think it's really important to raise visibility of mental health issues particularly it in the LGBTIQA community.
My name is Joel Wilson I originally grew up in South Australia and I moved the Canberra when I was 19, and at 20 years old decided to transition. So, I identify as a trans man.
I'm Heya. I'm a non-binary trans woman and I am bisexual so I'm also to be in the LGBTIQA community. I grew up in rural areas in New South Wales and Queensland mostly.
Joel: It was really-hard going. I think I might be trans I think I might even identify as a man, and for a long time I lived a double life. I was a woman at work and I was a male on the weekends.
Heya: People around me mocked and derided homosexual people, bi sexual people and trans people so it was hard for me to come out and as a result I didn’t come out until I was much older.
Joel: Now out the other side I wouldn’t change anything. I absolutely loved the fact that I'm trans I think it informs the way that I see the world. I think it adds to my experience of life.
Heya: Being trans kind-of pushed a lot of people away but through my support group and my online communities I've kind of got close to other people in my life so I kind of see them as my true family.
Joel: I have had to support someone having suicidal ideation and I found that really tricky particularly before I myself had been through a mental health crisis. During that time seeking support was really tricky but after a little while I learned that actually it was best for me to put my hand up and say hey I'm not doing so well and asking for that help before things got too bad.
Heya: Certainly in the online communities that I'm part of there's a lot of people who struggle a lot with various aspects of mental health.
Joel: When I was struggling with my mental health I had no idea where to start so I think there beyondNow that a really great initiative.
Heya: The beyondNow app is an application for people to help them with their coping strategies. If you can’t get to your counsellor or you can to your primary support network.
Joel: The fact that one can have it on their person and can create a plan tailored to themselves I certainly would have found that really useful when I was struggling with my mental health and it took a number of goes of me seeing different people and accessing different services before I said to someone I don't actually know what to do and we came up with a plan and we wrote it down. And so the fact that there's an app that prompts you to do so and you can sit down with those people and go through and create that plan I think it's a fantastic idea. You can just have it right there really accessible.