Jacqui Gill is a Mental Health Practitioner with BSSC’s Wellbeing Team. Like all members of this much-valued group of professionals, Jacqui is much more than a friendly face. Her expertise is freely available to all students at Senior. We asked her to tell us a little more about herself.

What do you love the most about the work you do?

Each student’s story is unique and each have their own views, talents, experiences and sense of humour. I have always enjoyed listening to people’s stories and it is a privilege to make someone’s day feel a bit easier if they are struggling. This could mean being a safe person to talk to on a bad day, or as simple as helping a student find their way to a classroom or even just sharing a laugh. I also believe helping others makes our own lives happier and more fulfilling.

What is your number one wellbeing tip?

It’s okay not to be happy all of the time.

Although unpleasant emotions such as sadness, fear and anger aren’t fun to feel, they offer us information about situations we are facing and cause us to pay attention rather than ignoring important issues. This can motivate us to get out of situations or make changes in our lives. It is much better to be mad, sad, scared and aware of it, than to be happy because you have repressed your other feelings.

What is your favourite thing to do when you’re not working?

Spending time with my teenage kids.

What’s your favourite film/music/interest?

Movie – Hunt for the Wilderpeople.
Ricky Baker’s birthday song makes me laugh and cry every time I see and hear it.
Music – Elton John and Paul Kelly are both great storytellers through their music.
Interests – Cooking, renovating, walking, reading and gardening.

What’s your favourite food?

Japanese food. Sushi, sashimi and ramen are my favourites.

Who do you admire? Why?

I admire everyday people who do acts of kindness or volunteer in local clubs. For example, sporting coaches give their own time to work with young people not only on their sporting skills, but also to teach and encourage them to work as team players, to make a commitment to a greater cause, to take responsibility and to strive to always do their best. These are important life lessons.