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Hi! I'm

JO
RUST

I'm A World Record Holder. Author. Speaker. Mental Health Activist. Certified Counselor & CBT Practitioner.

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. 

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First Time I Attempted Suicide - I Was Only 10 Years Old.

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

I believed that if I could truly understand how mental illness is caused on a psychological, emotional and neurological level, that I could  learn to control my fears, social anxiety and depression.


Mental illness was not something I was ever allowed to talk about growing up. It was considered a 'shame' to even mention anything relating to mental illness.

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I LOST MY BEST FRIEND TO SUICIDE

And I reached a point where I wanted to give up on life. But the Universe urged 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 and motivate others to never give up?

IT TOOK ME OVER 30 YEARS

To Finally Find My PURPOSE In Life

I STARTED HAVING THE HARD CONVERSATIONS

I became a volunteer trauma & 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 mental illness 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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