A woman with passion is how you would describe Carren Smith. As life goes, it takes you on a journey, but Carren’s life has been more of a roller coaster ride. Carren shares how she founded Spirit Hive after losing her partner to suicide and fighting for her own life after surviving the 2002 Bali bombings. Carren shares 5 ways not-for-profit organisation Spirit Hive could have been her life raft. Blinded by grief, Carren admittedly blamed herself for the death of her partner of eight years. She had successfully and quickly progressed up the corporate ladder in Sydney, until she was the general manager of the world’s largest recruitment organisation at the ripe age of 29. “Everything I have done in my life, I have done out of pure passion and curiosity of desire, which I think has been a big part to my recipe of success over the years,” says Carren. From here, however, her life took an unexpected turn after tragically losing her partner to suicide. She was totally unaware of any problems and totally unprepared for the devastating loss.Carren spiritual hive “I didn’t have a clue. He was in the movie industry and we had been together for about eight years,” she says. “He had gone away to make a movie and when he came back he was very different. I thought it was a problem with me and that he didn’t love me anymore and he had met someone else.” After her partner passed away, devastation washed over her. The next 12 months became a journey of depression and pain as she dealt with the turmoil. Carren subsequently made a decision that she too would end her own life, in Bali, on the anniversary of her partner’s death. Her two best friends boarded the plane with her, unaware of her intentions. “I had already taken my life before I flew to Bali… emotionally,” explains Carren.

“It never even occurred to me the pain I was going to put my family through and my friends.”
On the 12th October, 2002, Carren and her girlfriends went for a night out at the tourist district of Kuta, to the Sari Club. The events that followed completely changed the direction of her life. In the following hours, three bombs went off in the district, killing more than 200 people, including 88 Australians.

5 ways Spirit Hive changes lives

1- Spirit Hive is not a church and it’s not-for-profit. It is an organisation that moves the minds of millions through self awareness, self discovery and support. 2- It offers crisis services, free of charge, for those in their greatest hour of need, suffering anxiety, depression, addiction or suicide. 4- There is no waiting time for crisis support. Carren says, “If someone is suicidal, they are not going to wait two weeks to see a psychologist or psychiatrist.” 5- It’s the first organisation of its kind in the world that’s trying to make a difference in this area. It’s changing the way people think, question their belief system and their reasoning. To read the full story pick up your copy of Profile Magazine today.

spirit hive comes to the Sunshine Coast on 3 March and 7 April

For 24/7 crisis or suicide prevention support, please call Lifeline on 131 114 or visit lifeline.org.au/gethelp

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