Grace Tame reveals how just days ago she was admitted to hospital with mental health issues after ‘losing control’ as she details her heartbreaking plea to doctors: ‘I’m thinking about killing myself “
- Grace Tame has revealed she was admitted to the ER after contemplating suicide
- The 27-year-old was speaking at an event at the Sydney Opera House on Sunday
- Ms Tame from Tasmania has been awarded Australian of the Year in 2021
- His tenure has been the subject of intense scrutiny and a frosty relationship with the government
- Those who want help can call Lifeline on 131 114 or Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800
Grace Tame has revealed how she was rushed to the ER just days ago after pressure from her public profile contributed to a suicidal depression.
The 2021 Australian of the Year made the startling admission during an event called Protecting the Outspoken at the Sydney Opera House on Sunday.
Ms Tame was thrown into the limelight aged just 26 when she received the national honor for her work advocating for victims of sexual assault – after she herself was abused by her high school teacher.
“I was actually in the ER the other day because I lost control and was really scared,” Ms Tame said at the All About Women festival event.
“I called the clinic and said, ‘I can’t, I can’t, I’ve gone too far down the shame spiral and I’m thinking about killing myself. It’s real and it’s the right price. This is the price of shame,” she said.
Grace Tame (pictured) has revealed she ‘lost control’ and was admitted to the ER just days ago after pressure from her public profile made her suicidal
Ms Tame was swept into the spotlight aged just 26 when she received the national honor for her work advocating for victims of sexual assault
Ms Tame, who co-founded the #LetHerSpeak movement, has faced a steady stream of public scrutiny since accepting the award.
The latest controversy revolved around his icy attitude 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 unable to hide her displeasure with the Prime Minister.
After giving Mr Morrison a scowl and an unfriendly handshake, she then gave him an icy sideways glance as he greeted other guests.
Several weeks later, in a speech to the National Press Club, she alleged the reason for her bad mood was that a senior member of a government-funded organization had warned her not to make ‘damning’ comments. on the prime minister.
But controversy and a rocky relationship with the federal government have been a feature of Ms Tame’s tenure in the role – a stark contrast to previous recipients.
Just days ago, at an event in Adelaide, she claimed the government was ‘more concerned with maintaining power and control than running the country’.
On Sunday, Ms Tame credited her ‘wicked sense of humour’ as helping to allow her to be herself in such situations, but that it ‘also got her into trouble’.
Grace Tame during her tense exchange with Scott Morrison in January (centre) has fired a series of brutal blows at the Prime Minister in recent weeks (also pictured Jenny Morrison left and Ms Tame’s partner Max Heerey right)
Speaking alongside anti-domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty, also a former Australian of the Year, Ms Tame said she was likely ‘rougher around the edges’ than Ms Batty – who previously said the Ms Tame’s attitude towards the government had made her ‘uncomfortable’.
‘I didn’t ask for this… I lived in a housing commission area. I was unemployed when I was named Australian of the Year,” Ms Tame said.
But as the stress weighs on her, Ms Tame said she was still ‘grateful’ for the honor and admitted some of the criticism leveled at her unorthodox approach to the role was ‘justified’.
Grace Tame (pictured at an International Women’s Day breakfast in Sydney last week) said her ‘wicked sense of humor got her into trouble’
Ms Tame, along with former parliamentary staffer Brittany Higgins, became a leading figure in the late #MeToo movement in Australia
She said she would like to see the movement become more accessible by letting go of some of its combative side – even within the movement itself with some factions mired in bitterness and semantics.
“If we focus too much on the negative, I don’t think we’ll get very far and I worry about this divide and conquer,” she said.
“There is all this inaccessible language in this sector, you have to ask yourself what is really inclusive”.
“I didn’t go to college, I didn’t do gender studies.”
Ms Tame intends to continue her advocacy work despite public pressure, founding the Grace Tame Foundation in December 2021.
If you or someone you know is the victim of sexual assault or violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732, Bravehearts on 1800 272 831 or Lifeline on 131 114.