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Meet some of the many inspiring clients, staff and supporters who are working with Ruah to end disadvantage in Western Australia. We are particularly grateful to those who have shared their personal journey with such generosity and hope. Their lived experience of trauma, struggle and triumph is a powerful inspiration and motivation for us all.

As a successful community health advocate, broadcaster and public speaker, people could be forgiven for thinking Katherine Houareau has lived a charmed life. But after surviving five suicide attempts, years of sexual and emotional abuse and attempted murder at the hands of her former husband, the vivacious mother of two knows exactly how tough life can be. “Good management of bad experiences is what the journey to recovery is all about and that has to start inside ourselves.” Now, at aged 49, Kat has found her happy place. She is one of Ruah’s first domestic violence advocates and is making her mark as a champion for mental health and suicide prevention.
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