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.
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.”