Shanna Whan is a self-employed rural women’s ambassador and health coach who divides her time between travelling as a freelance photographer and writer, and working to affect positive change to the pervasive alcohol culture of rural and regional Australia.
Her own experience and fight for health inspired her to bring an honest conversation about modern day addiction into the open to help to reduce the numbers of high-risk, high-functioning community members slipping through the cracks.
In the past few years Shanna has made a significant impact tackling, head-on, the fierce stigmas that remain around what she’s coined ’casual alcoholism’. Her simple authenticity, lived-experience, humour and candour is giving the rural health sector unprecedented insight into the issue.
Shanna hopes to help address the barriers which prevent people from seeking help, through an interactive online support platform that will enable rural people to ‘virtually’ gather, chat, learn and share. Members will have access to webinars, live support meetings, resources and links to alcohol-related therapies, experts, recovery groups and treatment centres.