S1:E19 | Allan Sparkes, CV,OAM,VA,FRSN: Inside the Mind, Body and Soul of Frontline Workers

 S1:E19 | Allan Sparkes, CV,OAM,VA,FRSN: Inside the Mind, Body and Soul of Frontline Workers

When it comes to life on the front line, the risk for physical and mental health is significantly increased.

One person who knows a little about risk is Allan Sparkes. As a frontline Police Officer with 20 years’ service, he is the only Australian ever to receive Australia’s highest bravery decoration and a subsequent National bravery decoration.

The majority of Allan’s service was carried out with high levels of physical and mental health. However, things changed and changed rapidly. Eventually, he was diagnosed with PTSD and chronic depression after his life almost ended with an on-duty suicide attempt. His path to recovery is testament to his inner strength and unwavering determination.

Listen in as I chat to Allan about his progression from positive psychological health to chronic psychological ill health.