Grace Tem Reveals How Just DAYS First She Was Hospitalized After ‘Losing Control’ For Mental Health Issues As She Details Her Heartbreaking Call To Doctors: ‘I Want To Kill Myself’ thinking about
- Grace Tem reveals she was admitted to the ER after contemplating suicide
- The 27-year-old speaking at an event at the Sydney Opera House on Sunday
- Ms Tame of Tasmania awarded Australian of the Year in 2021
- His tenure saw much scrutiny and a frosty relationship with the government.
Grace Tem has revealed how she was taken to the emergency room a few days ago after pressure from her public profile contributed to her suicide.
The 2021 Australian of the Year made a shocking entrance at the Sydney Opera House on Sunday at an event called Protecting the Outspoken.
Ms Tem came into limelight at just 26 years old when she was awarded a National Award for her advocacy work for survivors of sexual assault – having been abused herself by her high school teacher.
“I was actually in the ER the other day because I really lost control and I was really scared,” Ms Tem said at an event organized as part of the All About Women festival.
‘I called the clinic and I said, ‘I can’t, I can’t, I’ve stepped too deep into a spiral of shame and I’m thinking of killing myself.’ It’s real and that’s what its toll it takes. That’s the price of shame,’ she said.
Grace Tem (pictured) reveals she ‘lost control’ and was admitted to the ER a few days ago after pressure from her public profile made her commit suicide
Ms Tame came into limelight at the age of just 26 when she was awarded a National Award for her advocacy work for survivors of sexual assault.
Ms Tem, who co-founded the #LetHerSpeak movement, has endured a steady stream of public scrutiny since accepting the award.
The latest controversy was over his rude behavior towards the Prime Minister in January.
At a morning tea hosted by Scott Morrison and his wife Jenny at The Lodge in Canberra, she seemed incapable of her displeasure with the PM.
Mr Morrison, after abusive and less friendly handshakes, looked at them with a snowy look as he was welcoming the other guests.
In a speech at the National Press Club several weeks later, he alleged that his bad mood was caused by a senior member of the government-funded organization warning him not to make any “harmful” remarks about the prime minister.
But controversy and a challenging relationship with the federal government have been a feature in Ms Tem’s role – unlike previous recipients.
At an event in Adelaide just a few weeks ago, he claimed that the government was ‘more concerned with maintaining power and control than running the country’.
On Sunday, Ms Tem credited her ‘evil spirit’ as helping herself to be in such situations, but it also ‘gets her into trouble’.
Grace Tem has fired a series of brutal swipes at the prime minister in recent weeks during her tense exchange with Scott Morrison in January (centre) (to Jenny Morrison on the left and Ms Tem’s partner Max Diamond on the right). also featured)
Speaking with anti-domestic violence activist Rosie Batty, also a former Australian of the year, Ms Tem said she was probably ‘around the edge’ compared to Ms Batty – who had previously said that Ms Tem was towards the government. His attitude had made him ‘uncomfortable’.
‘I didn’t ask for it… I was living in a housing commission area. I was an unemployed person when I was named Australian of the Year,’ said Ms Tem.
But as tensions weighed on her, Ms Tem said she was still ‘grateful’ for the honor and acknowledged some of her criticisms were ‘justified’.
She said she has learned that certain factions of groups like the #MeToo movement are shrouded in bitterness and semantics.
Grace Tem (pictured at an International Women’s Day breakfast in Sydney last week) said her ‘evil spirit got her into trouble’
“If we’re focusing too much on the negative then I don’t think we’re going very far and I worry about that divide and conquer,” she said.
‘There is all this inaccessible language in this region. We have to ask ourselves what is really inclusive’.
‘I didn’t go to university, I didn’t do gender studies.’
Ms Tem intends to continue her advocacy work despite public pressure, founding the Grace Tem Foundation in December 2021.
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