My name is Lucas O’Biegly. I live in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne (Mount Waverley) and I'm a Psychology Honors graduate from Deakin University. I have worked in retail at Chadstone for Rodd and Gunn for the past two years. My interest lies in supporting people with mental health issues and therefore, I will be shortly starting a two-year internship as a provisional psychologist at Relationship Matters. This career pathway for me has originated from my own cancer journey.
Two years post-treatment, I was struggling with confidence in social, relationship, work and body image domains. Upon diagnosis, I had dismissed Canteen’s services due to the prospect of cancer taking over my life. Yet three years on from that time, I finally reached out at a time when I wasn’t coping. Kate, my counsellor at Canteen, helped me with issues including feeling below my friends, feeling unwanted and unworthy of attention, and catastrophising social difficulties. As the first contact at Canteen, she helped me turn my perspective around to start improving my life again.
Since then, I have had the pleasure of working with Alys Cumines, Amy Passarini and Jay Kemp, as well as meeting many other incredible members of Canteen. I have loved the events and camps and overall, I feel that Canteen has been one of the most positive influences on my life of recent. If I had my time again, I would have reached out to Canteen at the beginning of my treatment, though that is with the knowledge I have today. This is what I would love to share with people, importantly including my own initial reservations, because I can demonstrate how immensely positive Canteen’s influence has been in my life.
In that sense, I also have had incredible opportunities to support young people in Canteen through social events, programs and on Canteen Connect, utilising the psychological support skills I have learnt and practised in my studies. I have also studied journalism in my bachelor, learning directly transferable skills for this position, such as content creation, media workings and journalistic processes, as well as presentation skills and public speaking. Importantly, I present in a balanced and eloquent manner which is important for representation in a public domain.