Perception, Permission and Purpose
In this presentation, Kevin breaks down the myths of mental illness prevalent in our communities. Kevin takes his audience down the rabbit hole that was his deadly serious life at home and abroad in the Army. During Kevin’s time in the Australian Defence Force, 34 military personnel died in helicopter accidents, he had a mid-air collision with a boat and experienced rocket attacks. On one occasion, he led nine others to knowingly fly into a maelstrom of fire to extract 70 foreign special forces soldiers. On another mission he balanced a 20 tonne helicopter on a cliff edge in the middle of the night in an effort to insert other special forces soldiers, a precarious endeavour where the slightest kiss of the blades on the rocks would mean it was all over.
The burden of leadership and a workplace with a toxic command environment triggered Kevin’s depression, anxiety and ultimately his breakdown. Kevin shares his poignant story and the recovery rollercoaster that involved the power of visualisation and reuniting his head and heart, in what he describes as the longest journey one will ever take. And finally, to one of his proudest moments when Kevin was acknowledged as a role model for a recent recipient of the Military Order of William (equivalent to Victoria Cross) in the Netherlands.
Fortune favours the failed
Here, Kevin explains the notions of failure and success, how we’ve each created our own definition of what that means, and how it has the power to hold us back. Through Kevin’s own experience he explains how anxiety and depression is linked to our idea of failure. When Kevin started using visualisation it helped him to climb out of his dark hole. By changing his understanding of acceptance and taking responsibility for his failure, Kevin was set free.
Kevin believes that how we each respond to our notion of failure is best resolved by taking total responsibility for self, and that it’s our corresponding actions that facilitate growth and fulfilment. Today, Kevin’s life after ‘failure’, including his work as a rescue helicopter pilot, has provided him with resilience and insights to achieving higher performance.
Courage, Compassion and Consciousness
In this presentation, Kevin relays his experience of moving from fear to fearless and how his courageous journey to freedom is one we can take together. It’s recognising a worthy goal and taking actions to achieve it, despite the presence of fear.
Wrapped up in letting go of our inner ‘failure’ critic is compassion and consciousness, and how we can cultivate the ability to face our fears and make decisions with greater fortitude. Kevin says that the stories we tell ourselves are the most powerful and most potent weapons we encounter daily. And that courage is about us each taking action with masculine and feminine energy, and becoming hooked on successful behaviours. Kevin’s storytelling inspires and moves audiences to consider that PTSD, anxiety and depression are not disorders but a normal response triggered by fear.
In Kevin’s presentations, he creates hope and the belief that we all have within us the required courage and compassion to tackle any challenging setbacks or feelings.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
“Kevin is an incredibly engaging speaker with a remarkable story to tell. Kevin’s telling of how he reached the top of his game in the military and then experiencing the depths of PTSD and depression, followed by working his way out from those dark days is motivating and inspirational. Kevin’s messages are powerful and important; his story is one you need to hear.”
Corporate Affairs Manager, Member and Employer Services
Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation
“Kevin, thank you. You smashed the stereotype of an individual with a mental illness. Having the courage to speak so openly as our keynote speaker and sharing your first-hand experience was compelling, candid and provocative. Everyone left not just informed, but transformed. You helped us understand that we need to be “doing it better” and that there is hope for recovery, and the small things that we do on a daily basis can make a difference.”
Safety Manager, Airbus Australia Pacific
“Highly recommended! Listening to his story, what struck me most was the personal courage he demonstrated time and again. Kevin’s messages are positive and he is living proof that despite PTSD, you can get back to the top of your game.”
Senior Manager Defence Liaison
Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation
“I’ve never seen a room of 160+ construction workers so silent – you could’ve heard a pin drop.”