Lucy has lived in Melbourne for the past five years, though she is originally from Bendigo in country Victoria. She is passionate about working with young people and currently works with university students as a Residential Advisor at Melbourne University’s Whitley College. She also volunteers as a radio presenter on the 3CR program Brainwaves, a show which seeks to demystify mental illness and give a voice to those with lived experience.
Lucy has a particular interest in media representations of mental illness, increasing societal understanding of these experiences and intersectional analyses of mental ill health. She hopes that at Orygen she will be able to influence further research, leading to a greater understanding of illnesses themselves, and how we can build a society that is able to cater to the unwell, looking at present barriers in policy, technology, society, media and infrastructure that further marginalise individuals. She is looking forward to working with other young Australians to increase the broader community’s empathy for those with mentally illness.
She has just completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne, majoring in Islamic Studies, Media and French, and hopes to eventually complete a Masters in Middle Eastern Politics and work as a journalist in this field. She has perviously worked with the Multifaith Multicultural Youth Network of Victoria and currently volunteers with YAZDA, an advocacy group for the Yazidi people.