No need to do it alone

Firefighter to ride 2500km to raise awareness for mental health issue
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MEANINGFUL JOURNEY: CFA District 23 operations officer Terry Heafield will ride around Victoria to raise awareness for mental illness after battling with his own depression. The father of two also hopes to encourage others to seek help. PHOTO: Luke Plummer

A PERSONAL battle with depression has inspired local firefighter Terry Heafield to increase awareness of mental illnesses and encourage others to seek help.

The CFA District 23 operations officer is set to start a 2500-kilometre ride around Victoria this Saturday, off the back of his self-started initiative ‘Don’t Do It Alone.’

The ride comes after the father-of-two was involuntarily hospitalised following depression, anxiety and serious suicidal thoughts, which started about three years ago.

“The trigger point for me was when I was in Wodonga and I just couldn’t get off the couch,” he said.

“I didn’t want to do anything, I didn’t want to go outside.

“One day I got onto the beyondblue website and went through the checklist – I ticked most of the boxes (for depression and anxiety).”

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