Talking courage with someone who continues to march for mental health

(3 minute read.)

lance-1.jpegLance Picioane is the CEO & Founder of Love Me Love You Australia Foundation.

“From the darkest of places we find the brightest of lights.”  Lance’s nightmare has now become his passion and dream of supporting people so that they no longer live in silence!

Since founding Love Me Love You over 4 years ago he has been able to deliver education, and wellbeing framework programs and campaigns to thousands of people with the core focus on our youth.  These programs make the complex simple and provide people with an opportunity to find their answers.  Creating platforms for people to succeed in their own happiness is Lance’s aim, but what does happiness look like?

Lance has said that the work he does will never achieve a tangible result, which makes life challenging every day.  Through the 4 Love Me Love You Foundation pillars of “Community, Education, Support & Give Back,” Love Me Love You have been able to foster a positive societal change in the mental health outcomes of thousands of Australians.  Love Me Love You programs and campaigns are now nationally accredited and recognised for making a difference. Love Me Love You is not a name, it is a way of life!

How would you describe workplace courage?

Courage is taking ownership over your outcomes instead of always looking for a reason of, “why not?” Or, “why didn’t it happen?”

What does courage look like in your workplace?

Courage is about transparency and being open as much as you possibly can. Open to taking responsibility, open to taking on feedback, open in your communication, open in your ability to be vulnerable and to ask for help.

What enables you to be open?  How do you enable others to be open?

I believe what allows me to be open is the self-awareness that I don’t know everything and never confess to; and an open book is easier to read than a closed book.

I enable others to be open by creating a safe place for conversation to be had.

I create space to let others engage in their freedom. I always ask the question, “if not, then why and how?”

Please describe 1-2 examples in which you have been courageous.  What did you do?  Who/what enabled you to be courageous?  What was the outcome? 

I have to be courageous every day in my ability to ask for help.  My skill set in my profession is forever evolving and growing, and never will I profess to be an expert, and, I love to learn.

Reflecting on my position and acknowledging the fact that I have amazing people around me that can guide me through situations enables me to be courageous.  The outcome?  I am able to improve on what was originally planned.

An example of this was in the development of our education programs.  I provided what I thought was a great framework to use but in theory, it was capped in its ability to grow.  Workshopping these ideas with others involved, created positive discussion as to how the end user would engage with what we deliver and what the positive outcomes could and should be.  What this has taught me is to be able to look at what the product will look like from the other side.




Lance crossing the finish line in his walk from Sydney to Melbourne after a life long battle with mental illness & substance abuse which launched Love Me Love You Foundation.



From your point of view, to what extent are Australia’s leaders leading with courage?

The leaders that are leading the way are the ones that are showing strength through vulnerability and connecting to being open on their position.  Courage comes in many forms and being a leader is not about being out in front with everyone behind you; it’s about connecting on a deeper level and giving the courage to others to lead the way.

I believe to connect on a deeper level is to be able to connect your strength with vulnerability and your vulnerability with your strength.

The greatest act of courage is to be and to own all of who you are, without apology, without excuses, without masks to cover the truth.  I use this in my every day; it started back on my recovery from mental illness and substance abuse.  For me it is the understanding of ownership. We need to own our actions and control the controllables.  Excuses are reasons for why you didn’t do something; apology for your action is the regret for not getting it done; masks create lies which do not allow truth or authenticity in our actions. I use this as a tool when I do my reflection on what was, and planning on what will be.

Lance would love to hear from you; he’s keen to help:

Lance is “a man on a mission.” We heard about the statistics associated with mental illness and were shocked, but here was someone who was  passionate about making a difference. Pino and I are privileged to be able to support Lance and his team in our own small way.  Jump on board; every bit of support, however small it may seem, will help to make an impact.

Lance you are “never alone.” Know that there are many who are willing to help. Keep up the amazing work you do! Looking forward to March with Me 2019.

Pino & Paula DiRoberto

I first heard of Love Me Love You when my sister and brother-in-law (Paula and Pino, above) walked in March with Me in 2016.  Through them I learnt Lance’s story and of the significant, impactful work he is doing.

We’re all walking in March with Me 2019.  Want to join us?


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