Completing a gruelling 48-hour workout, veteran and first responder Jerry Lienert pushed his limits to raise awareness and funds to support those suffering with Post-Traumatic Stress.

As an Army veteran and current serving police officer, Jerry understands the difficult reality of being faced with traumatic events on the job. Having fought his own battle with Post-Traumatic Stress he was in a unique position to bring light to the darkness of the silent injury faced by many.

Jerry wanted to start a conversation and decided that he would voluntarily work out for 48 hours.

“I want to encourage people in the veteran and emergency services community to come forward and seek help if they are struggling, no matter their rank or seniority,” said Jerry.

Jerry accomplished the arduous task over three days from Friday 21 June to Sunday 23 June, completing a range of exercises including hiking, circuit training, yoga, running and cycling.

“My wish is that by me suffering over the course of three days I can connect with as many people as possible to raise awareness towards mental health and the struggles associated with it. If every person shares this experience with another three then the message is multiplied.

“I want people to know that Post-Traumatic Stress can affect anyone, even the most experienced veterans or first responders.”

With only two four-hour sleeps, Jerry struggled physically and mentally, but had a strong mindset and loving support network around him.

“Completing the workouts was extremely tough and I chose it that way for a reason. Anyone who has suffered mental illness knows how difficult things can get not only physically, but also mentally.

“I’m so grateful to have a strong support network around me which some people don’t have. I want to be an example to people that mental health struggles don’t define you.”

Jerry raised $1,700 towards The Road Home! We congratulate him on his incredible achievement and hope that his efforts encourage people to seek help if they are struggling with their mental health.

With your support, The Road Home provides vital support to our veterans and emergency service personnel through research and wellbeing programs, supporting them and their families during their time of need.

If you would like to learn more about fundraising for The Road Home, email contactus@theroadhome.com.au or call (08) 7002 0880.