Matt Newlands was a police officer for ten years and thought that he was living the dream, that was until 2013.

Matt was called to a job, it was a suicide. A friend had taken their own life.

From then, he would be a different person, and was diagnosed with PTSD and depression in 2015

Matt says that despite everything, he had effectively made himself unaware of what was happening.

Although he now concedes that he may have been insulating himself from the way that he was feeling.

“Whether that was a subconscious decision to switch that off, but by that stage I’d been in the job for a little while,” Matt told Jodie and Soda this morning.

“It was one of those things that I’d tried to suppress and obviously that was putting me in an even worse situation.

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“I started to really think that not too much was really worth it any more and I think that ended up in me thinking that about my own life.”

Hear about the steps that Matt took to start his road to recovery and why he’s gone on to work in the mental health space:

There’s more to say after asking “Are you OK?”, ask then listen, encourage action and check-in.

Learn what to say next at ruok.org.au

If this story has raised concerns for you or someone in your life, support is available.

You can contact:

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  • Kids Helpline – 1800 55 1800 (all day, every day)
  • Suicide Callback Service – 1300 659 467 (all day, every day)
  • eHeadspace – 1800 650 890 (9am-1am daily)
  • Lifeline – 13 11 14 (all day, every day. Online support 7pm-4am daily)
  • Beyond Blue – 1300 22 4636 (all day, every day. Online support 3pm-midnight every day)