Sharon Chisholm: Mind Health Matters
“It didn’t matter how great other people thought I was or how many awards I won, I simply didn’t believe it.”
Sharon Chisholm is an extremely passionate advocate for mental health. While working primarily with female entrepreneurs who live with issues such as anxiety, low self-esteem, depression and bipolar, she is also a mental health advocate, speaking on behalf of the Black Dog Institute and is a member of Suicide Prevention Australia.
A wife and mother of two, Sharon shares how her own journey and struggles with self-esteem and mental illness left her with a strong desire to help others.
“Growing up and into my early 40’s, I struggled with confidence and low self-esteem. It didn’t matter how great other people thought I was or how many awards I won, I simply didn’t believe it. I had a way of belittling every achievement I accomplished.”
At 33, following the birth of her daughter, Sharon was diagnosed with clinical depression. “After 12 years of being on a rollercoaster of depression, anxiety and a variety of successes and failures, I was re-diagnosed last year with bipolar disorder.
“It was the missing piece of my life’s jigsaw puzzle – I could look back over the years and see how the ups and downs and past behaviour patterns suddenly made so much sense.”
Having accepted and embraced her new reality, Sharon now uses her skills and experience as a mental health coach, writer and speaker helping women to become happier, confident, empowered and fulfilled.
For more information about the work Sharon does, you can visit her website: www.sharonchisholm.com.au