Not only has Mrs Bowser struggled with depression herself, her brother tried to take his life last year and again this month.
‘We nearly lost him the first time,’ she said.
‘He was on life support and it nearly tore our family apart.’
After his latest attempt, Mrs Bowser was motivated to do something to help.
‘I want to create a support network,’ she said.
‘It is so sad this is such a common thing.
‘I know five people who have tried to kill themselves.
‘It should not be kept in the shadows.’
While Mrs Bowser said there were services locally, she did not feel they were meeting demand.
She is planning an event in Mandurah to help families and those suffering from mental health issues.
‘I hope the event will be confronting and inspiring. My plan is to get guest speakers, have music and dancing,’ she said.
‘It will be an opportunity to educate people about suicide and depression and for members of the community to support each other.’
For more details, email aliciajane88@ hotmail.com. |n If you need help, call Mental Health Emergency Response Line Peel on 1800 676 822 or Lifeline on 13 11 14.