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Gidget was the nickname of a vibrant young mother who tragically took her own life while
experiencing unrecognised postnatal depression. Together, her loving family and friends created
Gidget Foundation Australia determined that what happened to Gidget
would not happen to others.

As a teenager, she could often be found sporting a black and white polka dot bikini on
Sydney’s Northern Beaches. It was here that she was given her nickname Gidget as she
looked similar to Sally Field’s character in the 1960s American sitcom, Gidget.

Gidget is remembered as fun, charming, elegant, affable, cheerful, a perfectionist, and ambitious. Her
bright personality was matched by her love of colour, in particular red—red shoes, red dresses, red nail
polish, red lippy. This is why the Gidget Foundation Australia logo features a flower, a red gerbera. It’s
symbolic and a tribute to Gidget.

Gidgets’ family (L to R), Sister, Simone Short, Gidget’s Mum, Sue Cotton and Sister, Jacqui Cotton

Gidget left the world too early, though she has left a
remarkable legacy. In the words of Gidget’s Mum, Sue
Cotton, “Gidget Foundation Australia came into being
because of Louise, but it’s not about my little girl anymore.
Gidget Foundation Australia is all about the other ‘Gidgets’
and guys out there suffering. Let’s all do whatever we can to
get them to start talking.”

 

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