Nicole is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of young people. After overcoming mental health challenges as a young person, in particular anorexia nervosa, Nicole is channelling her energy into motivating other young people to be the best they can be. In 2011, Nicole established The Rogue & Rouge Foundation to reverse the stigmatisation of mental health, body image and self-esteem issues in Australia’s young people.
As the Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer, Nicole dreams that every teenager can look in the mirror and smile. Nicole is tackling the epidemic of low self-esteem by creating community outreach programs and working directly with schools, service providers and education departments in both central and remote parts of Australia. Nicole has recently completed her national youth motivation tour, 'Champions for Change', which has since seen her facilitate workshops at 300 schools and communities with 70 000 young people across Australia to encourage young people to champion change in their communities through the development of innovative solutions.
Ms Gibson was a finalist for Young Australian of the Year 2014, one of Australia’s top 100 most influential women, was appointed onto the National Mental Health Commission as the youngest ever commissioner, named as one of Australia’s 2012 Young Social Pioneers and won The Pride of Australia Inspiration Medal in 2014.
Nicole says: "It's crucial to listen to those who have had lived experience, if we really want to see a shift in the way we percieve mental health"
ABOUT THE FOUNDATION...
The Rogue & Rouge Foundation dream of an Australia that is free from mental health stigma. We're an Australian charitable organisation that helps decrease mental health challenges using a community-based approach. Through engaging young people through schools and community groups, alongside service providers, parents and teachers to cultivate much needed discussion, we believe that mental health can be tackled as a normal part of every day life.
Mission: Transform Young Australian's into Masters of Their Lives.
Vision: Every young Australian feels connected to themselves and each other