I am a 49 year old man, serving 21 years in the Defence Force. But it all started back when I was a teenager and followed me through my life.
At the age of 13 I started drinking to run away from my pain. I found out the hard way that drinking and suicide ideation don’t mix and ended up in rehab at age 22. I have been sober ever since.
In about 2010, my thoughts started turning back towards ending my life. I found myself going through a life changing and traumatising accident. This left me thinking about ending my life, once again. I knew a part of myself didn’t come back with me, and knew I was going to be a danger to myself, so I asked for help.
My life had changed forever. I lost count of how many times I tried to take my life and I wasn't able to work again. We moved to Perth (where my family live) so I could have support. I called someone every morning to say I was alive....