On a mission to help her community in the Kimberley

Dianna Wright is studying to be a nurse so she can help improve life for people in the Kimberley region, which she is passionate about because she grew up there.
Dianna Wright is studying to be a nurse so she can help improve life for people in the Kimberley region, which she is passionate about because she grew up there.

MANY times, something happens in life that pushes people to want to do something to make a difference.

For Dianna Wright, watching the health of her grandmother drop, while also wanting to improve mental health outcomes in Aboriginal communities, has led her to want to become a nurse.

One year into a nursing degree at the University of Notre Dame, Ms Wright is a step closer to her dream of returning to the Kimberley where she grew up to work in mental health.

She said it was important to let people know they could get help if they were going through something.

“In the last three years, I have lost four friends to suicide and I don’t want other families to lose their loved ones in this manner,” she said.

“Lately, there have been several cases of people taking their own lives, particularly in Aboriginal communities. I want to be able to turn negative thoughts into positive ones.”

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