Mental Health Professional and author, Mel offers counselling and supports to private clients & NDIS participants.
To work in partnership with the community, business and government, to strive for excellence in meeting the holistic needs of our clients through the provision of high quality supportive, recreational, cultural, sporting and welfare programs.
Our vision is to support and empower people to overcome disadvantages and barriers
to personal, social and economic growth by
delivering inclusive and innovative services.
We will listen to you and hear what you say and encourage independence and respect your decisions, opinions and views.
We will be trustworthy, tell the truth and keep our promise to you and always provide the highest quality service we can.
We believe privacy and confidentiality is of utmost
importance for you and the organization.
In addition to being a wife and mother, Mel Mardon is a highly passionate, people-centered professional, who has acquired over twenty three years’ experience delivering community services.
Inspired by her own personal traumatic experiences, she is determined to support individuals to build their confidence, capabilities, and skillset in achieving desired outcomes from their own fear and self-imposed limitations to freedom.
Originally from South Africa, she moved to Sydney, Australia in 2017 after her nineteen-year-old son was murdered on his first day in Namibia and the year after that, her eldest son died in a culpable homicide case in South Africa at the age of twenty two. Both these cases are still unsolved and she made the decision to relocate and offer her only remaining son a new chapter to life. A new beginning and to focus on what she had with her two eldest sons rather than on what she has lost.
In addition to these two immense losses in her life, she experienced almost ten years of physical and emotional abuse and came out a stronger person who's life ambition as an activist in the field of domestic and family violence is to have a positive impact both on today’s and future generations.
Mel's message to men, women and children who are touched by domestic and family violence is: “Do not ignore the warning signs, speak up and never lose hope. Somewhere out there is someone you can trust, who will listen and who will believe you. Be kind to yourself, get help and get out! There is NO excuse for any form of abuse. Violence and abuse in any relationship is NOT your fault. The person abusing you is doing it because they choose to do so. It’s not because they were triggered by anything you did or say. I know it’s scary to leave and I know it’s dangerous. However, with the right support you will be able to get through it”.
Aside from this, she also wants those who have lost loved ones to know:" There is hope and life after death. As a mother, I am living proof of this and want you to know that the journey is not easy, but it is possible. You will never "get over" losing a child or someone you love, but you will learn to manage the pain better. It takes time, but you can choose to live your life differently and gain new meaning to it. No two people can ever experience especially grief the exact same way, however you do have the power within you to allow yourself to heal and grow from it ... it only takes time."
Mel is an internationally published author, a registered member of the Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association, Australian Counselling Assocition and co-coordinator of the Mental Health Professionals Network Blacktown, as well as member of various other Mental Health Professionals Networks and has completed numerous Diplomas and Certifications in various fields of Mental Health care. In addition, she uses her lived experience and theory related to grief and loss and family and domestic violence to educate and empower others.
In 2020 she co-founded KidzWize, an initiative offering information on mental health challenges such as dyslexia, autism, acquired brain injury and advocates against bullying, abuse and neglect. This initiative was founded by Kèan, her son, who has Dyslexia, in a bid to educate other children about this learning disability, as well as various other disabilities that a group of his friends have in an attempt to stop bullying due to lack of knowledge or as a result of ignorance.
Mel offers regular Holiday Programs for kids, focusing on capacity and confidence building, social skills and life skills development supports locally and internationally and was featured extensively in the media and on radio in South Africa about her work with children using horses and her successful holiday programs for kids. She has set up a school for children with special needs abroad from scratch and organized amazing fundraisers over the years.
She is highly regarded both on and offline, and her friends and followers mention that she is inspiring and empowers men, women and children all over the world. They say; “Mel is an inspiration, the kindest soul, an authentic and honest person, who is creating opportunities where people she comes into contact with sees no hope.”.
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