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Hi! I'm

JO
RUST

I'm A World Record Holder. Author. Speaker. Counselor. Mental Health Coach, Counselor & Activist.

IT'S A MOUTHFUL, I KNOW.
BUT HERE'S MY STORY

Do You Struggle With Anxiety? Depression? Panic Attacks? PTSD? Suicidal Thoughts?

I'VE BEEN THERE!

I'VE SUFFERED WITH CRIPPLING SOCIAL ANXIETY SINCE I WAS JUST A PRESCHOOLER. 

I'm sure you know just how debilitating social anxiety can be? Feeling like everyone is always judging you? Getting all sweaty, flustered & your heart racing just thinking about talking to pretty much anyone?

DO YOU SUFFER FROM DEPRESSION? 

Do you experience a loss of interest in things you usually love doing? Feel fatigued all the time? Do you feel hopeless? Irritable? Problems sleeping or sleeping too much? Loss in appetite or over-eating? Just generally feeling down and unmotivated?

I know these feelings all too well. I've suffered from depression since my early teens... The First Time I Attempted Suicide - I Was Only 10 Years Old.

BEING A TOTAL BOOKWORM, I THREW MYSELF INTO READING AND RESEARCHING AS MUCH AS I COULD FROM A YOUNG AGE.

I thought that if I could truly understand how anxiety, depression and fear works on a psychological and neurological level, that I could  learn to control my fears, anxiety and depression.

To face my claustrophobia, I would lock myself in my closet as a little girl, so I could teach myself how to calm myself down. (A little weird, I know. But later I would learn that this is called 'exposure therapy')

To work at overcoming my social anxiety, I started working as a cashier at our local supermarket at age 14 so I'd be forced to have to deal with people all day long. (You're thinking "sucker for punishment", I get it)

I became my own therapist because the option of talking to a professional simply didn't exist in my family. It was considered shameful and something not to be talked about. 

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I LOST MY BEST FRIEND TO SUICIDE

A lot of people think that suicide is 'cowardly', 'seeking attention', 'selfish'. Truth is, people who consider suicide as a solution to their problems do so because they feel alone, helpless and hopeless.

 

All I wanted more than anything in the world at that moment, was for all the years of pain caused by trauma upon trauma to stop. I felt utterly alone and hopeless.

 

Then, one fateful morning, at age 23, I was sitting in a swing in a tree, crying my eyes out and trying to build up the courage to end my own life - when a voice from deep within spoke to me. 

That voice told me to GET UP and FIGHT!

AND FIGHT I DID. I SET OUT ON A JOURNEY OF SELF DISCOVERY

IN A BIG WAY

I was so determined to overcome my struggles with mental illness, that I rode around the entire African continent on a motorcycle, woman alone, to try and 'figure it out'.  

I had never ridden a motorcycle before, and only got my license two weeks before I departed.

I wanted to push myself beyond my anxiety, depression and fears by tackling something seemingly impossible. I followed that voice inside of me, no questions asked.

"Weren't you scared?" - I hear you asking. YES! I was shit scared! But giving up was just not an option.

Needless to say, it was a life changing experience! I'm blessed enough to have set a world record and wrote a book about it. The journey started out on a bicycle, but ended on a motorcycle. (You'll have to read about it in the book)    ;)

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I wrote & published my own book on my journey around the African continent.

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I became Brand Ambassador for BMW Motorrad & qualified as only the (then) Fourth Internationally Qualified Female Motorcycle Instructor in The World. Breaking social norms became my mission in life.

I BECAME A MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER

 Who would've thought that someone who suffers from severe social anxiety would EVER be able to stand on a stage, in front of a large crowd, sharing her life's story? Learning how to control my anxiety has been a game changer of note! 

IT TOOK ME 37 YEARS

To Finally Find My PURPOSE In Life

Suicidal tendencies re-entered my life and I knew in my core that I was not fulfilling my true purpose.

I STARTED HAVING THE HARD CONVERSATIONS

Facing thousands of dollars of debt and one month away from being homeless, I gave up my business to follow my true purpose in life. Helping others who face similar hardships, challenges and hurdles in life, by sharing my knowledge, skills and experiences.

The Universe and I kissed and made up and decided to work harder on our relationship.

I became a volunteer suicide prevention counselor for the South African Depression and Anxiety Group and gained a certification in counseling. I'm also a certified CBT practitioner.

I started speaking openly on social platforms to thousands of people about suicide and mental illness. The response was simply overwhelming. (Positively so) 

There are so many people who do not feel like help is attainable, mostly due to the stigmatisation that still surrounds mental illness. 

I hope to help in the fight to eradicate the stigma by helping - one person at a time.
 

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I CANNOT MIRACULOUSLY MAKE YOUR PROBLEMS GO AWAY

But I can help by equipping you with positive, constructive & scientifically proven tools & techniques to better deal with STRESS, ANXIETY, PANIC ATTACKS, DEPRESSION, PTSD AND SUICIDAL THOUGHTS in one of the following ways:

CORPORATE

I will provide mental health coaching for your company and equip your staff with the necessary tools to more effectively communicate in the workplace.

COACHING

Book your spot on the 12 Week Online Course and equip yourself with the tools needed to lead a healthier, more balanced and empowered life.

COUNSELING

Looking for individual counseling? Click below to set up an appointment.

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Jo Rust is a world record holder, author, speaker, qualified coach, counselor and mental health activist.

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