Founder and Director at Awaken Youth and author of Awakening Sebastian Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Arts, Master of Religious Education
In 2013 Donna was awarded a NSW Premier’s Teacher Scholarship, which enabled her to put together an international study tour itinerary to research proactive strategies for the prevention of depression and suicide in young adults.
Her research identified a need to train teachers to develop confidence in talking with students about suicide, and equipping them with the skill to recognise risk factors and identify warning signs of suicidal ideation. As a result Awaken Youth was launched in 2015, and Donna’s programs and workshops have been delivered in schools and conferences throughout Australia.
Donna is the author of the young adult fiction novel Awakening Sebastian, which communicates a strong preventative message in regards to youth suicide.