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

Gidget will always be remembered fondly by all those who knew her. As a Sydney Northern Beaches teenager, she could often be found at the beach sporting a black and white polka dot bikini. 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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