Video: ‘Depression and the Firefighter who fought it’

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Depression and the firefighter who fought it is fantastic. We implore you to take a few minutes to sit and watch it. Regardless if you are paid or volunteer, the message remains the same. It talks about lifestyle, warning signs, the fear of asking for help, depression and then progressing through the other side and getting better.

Firefighter Peter Kirwan explains how he overcame his fear of seeking help for mental illness and his journey to recovery. Illustrated by Matthew Johnstone, this award winning clip was developed by the Black Dog Institute for NSW Fire and Rescue.

There are always people willing to listen, contact your “in-house” mental health unit or use any of the following services available to all Australians.

Beyond Blue – 1300 22 4636

Men’s Line Australia – 1300 78 99 78

Sane Australia – 1800 18 7263

Black Dog Institute 

Lifeline – 13 11 14

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I founded Flashover to promote Australian Firefighting. I've been a volunteer and a paid firefighter but now I spend my time chasing up leads, promoting good mental health and making the occasional Grumpy Firecom comic!

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