Australian Radio host, TV personality and award-winning Toshiba Salesman back in the day. But more than all that, Gus is a compassionate bloke, still as close to his school mates as he ever has been, wearing his heart on his sleeve. That heart was broken the day shattering news arrived telling him his friend & mentor had taken his own life. A man who seemingly had all the wonderful things in life to cherish – a beautiful family and home, a great job, and the respect and friendship of many. Yet he never confided in a soul about his inner worries.
In 2016, Gus hosted the Man Up documentary series on ABC which exposed the issues of stoicism and isolation in today’s society and how it can lead to significant mental health issues. You will often hear Gus say, “suicide is the death of isolation” and research certainly support these thoughts “Loneliness increases the likelihood of mortality by 26%.” Holt-Lunstad, 2010.
At the end of this journey of discovery, Gus decided to set up a Foundation, to proactively encourage Aussies to speak up, express their emotions and ensure they all have a close friend in life that they can go to when times are tough. Gus simply does not accept the alarming statistics surrounding suicide and beautiful people take their life every day.