“I have heard Mandy speak on several occasions and to a variety of student audiences. She is someone young people can connect with – she never patronises them and is forthright in explaining her own experiences and the mistakes she now recognises she has made in life; she uses this as the basis for advising young people on how to avoid making similar mistakes. She is a safe but forthright pair of hands.
However, I was delighted to see her address our parent body with similarly forthright observations about ‘Parenting for Prevention’. Our parents seemed to ‘wake up’ as she spoke, and the questions they asked of Mandy were a clear indication of the extent to which they valued and respected her experience.”