Ego is proud to acknowledge and celebrate the awarding of a Medal of the Order of Australia - for significant contribution to Community Service and Mental Health, to our Facilities Coordinator and longtime Ego employee, Sarah Thompson.
Sarah has been recognised for her tireless community work with Beyond Blue. Beyond Blue is Australia’s most well-known and visited mental health organisation, focusing on supporting people affected by depression, anxiety and suicide.
Following the loss of a family member, Sarah reached out to Beyond Blue for support and stumbled across the Beyond Blue online forums. Sarah discovered solace in this space, connecting with others anonymously in a safe, moderated environment, which she says contributed to helping her heal. She then found herself communicating with, and lifting up other users within the forum.
The Beyond Blue team recognised what a thorough and conscientious contributor she was to the forums, and decided to make her one of 17 community champions nationwide. This role is designed to make sure that no post gets ignored or goes unanswered, so that everyone who needs support receives it. Sarah has worked tirelessly in this volunteer role in addition to her full time role at Ego; her work on the forum ranges from an hour each morning, up to 8 hours per day, to make sure that she can provide support to those in need. In one instance, Sarah had her alarm go off every hour overnight to ensure that the person she was corresponding with had the support they required.
Sarah loves this work, as she says ‘If I can stop another family getting the phone call we did, I have done my job. It is my small contribution to the world’.
The OAM recognition was a huge surprise for Sarah, but she believes it is her ‘little bit of goodness to come out of something so tragic. Have hope, things get better. There is a legacy’.
Sarah is known at Ego for being an incredible listener. She has always been drawn to helping people, and getting them to open up. It is no wonder she is now pursuing a part time Psychology Degree at the same time as raising two teenagers and working full time.
Congratulations Sarah! We at Ego are so proud of your remarkable capacity to give back. It is a truly well-deserved recognition.
Crisis support can be found at Lifeline: (13 11 14 and lifeline.org.au), the Suicide Call Back Service (1300 659 467 and suicidecallbackservice.org.au) and Beyond Blue (1300 22 4636 and beyondblue.org.au)