Ballarat | Saturday 23 March, 2019

Darwin + Alice Springs + Yulara | Saturday 4 May, 2019

We encourage all walkers to ‘wear their colours’, throw on your uniform’ to display a united front in tackling depression and PTSD head on!


2019 Challenge dates confirmed for Ballarat and Northern Territory! 

Walking Off The War Within is held in memory of Nathan Shanahan, a returned solider and firefighter, and other fallen Service Men and Women who have taken their own lives after battling mental health issues. The Walk is for Emergency Service Personnel, Defence Force Personnel and members of the public to come together to share the burden and march as one.

Nathan was a fierce advocate for mental health and PTSD; sadly, Nathan lost his battle in December 2016. Walking Off The War Within is one way Nathan’s legacy continues.  The walk / challenge replicates the walk Nathan completed in April 2015 from Mildura to Adelaide, when he walked over 400 kilometres with a 20+ kilogram pack to raise awareness and funds for PTSD and depression.

Walking Off The War Within has transformed from one man’s movement to a national event, where people of all ages and fitness levels get together and walk and talk about ending the stigma that is often associated with mental health. We hope that each year, the walk continues to grow so that more people are encouraged to have a conversation about mental health, depression and suicide.

Be part of this movement and help raise awareness of mental health, it’s a simple way to let those suffering know that there is support and that they are not alone!

We encourage all participants to ‘wear their colours or uniform’ to display a united front in tackling depression and PTSD head on!

The Ballarat Challenge

Saturday 23rd March, 2019, St Patricks College

9am muster for 9.30am start | Family Walk at 11am | Cut-0ff 1.30pm (no new walkers to start)

Are you up for the Challenge?  – Complete the Ultimate Challenge, 20km with 20kg, or walk 1, 2, 3 or more kilometres, with or without a pack, on your own or with someone else. We challenge you – your mates, family, colleagues and friends – to throw on your walking boots, grab your pack and march as one; everyone welcome.  Help us fight depression and PTSD.

It’s a great family event –  On the day family and children’s activities, community education displays, emergency and defence force vehicle and equipment displays, face painting and jumping castles will be there for everyone to enjoy.  Walk Off The War Within Challenge is open to everyone, of all abilities and ages including those Emergency Service and Defence Force personnel and members of the general public.  We encourage you, your group or business / organisation to take the challenge and raise awareness for PTSD and depression.

The Northern Territory Challenge

Saturday 4th May, 2019, Darwin | Alice Springs | Yulara 

7am start – 20km and 15km walks | 8am start – 10km and 5km

The Challenge – walk 5, 10, 15kms with our without a pack…

…Or complete the Ultimate Challenge – 20km with 20kg. We challenge you – your mates, family, colleagues and friends – to throw on your walking boots, grab your pack and march as one; everyone welcome.

The locations – Darwin – East Point Reserve, Yulara – Uluru Base Walk, Alice Springs – Lasseter’s Casino

The times – 20km & 15km @ 7:00am | 10km & 5km @ 8:00am | Registrations close – Sunday 28 April 2019 5:30pm

Tickets – This is an inclusive event that is available to everybody. To register, you choose to pay $0, $10, $25 or a donation. Money generated through ticket sales helps us to manage the event running costs. Proceeds are donated to local charities that work in the field of men’s mental heath and suicide prevention, particularly Solider On, Survivors of Suicide (SOS) and Lifeline. Participants who are unable to pay an entry fee can take part free of charge. Our focus is on raising awareness and participation for all.

2019 Ballarat Registrations

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2019 Northern Territory Registrations

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Merchandise will be available to PURCHASE on the day. You can also PRE-ORDER merchandise using the form below. You can collect your order on the day or we can arrange to have it delivered to you before the event. You’ll just need to pay for postage!

Please note – If you pre-order your merchandise, staff from Impact Teamwear will be in touch (via your mobile supplied in the order form) to arrange payment and delivery/collection.

Trucker Hats

$10 | Colours – black, pink, camouflage | sizes – one size fits most

Tee Shirts

$20 | Colours – white, black, pink | sizes – XXS – XXL

Merchandise Order Form

 Help Agencies & Sponsors

Event Contacts

Victorian Event Contact

Carlee Grant

Phone 0407048904 

Northern Territory Event Contact

Danielle Eveleigh


The Man in the Glass (Poem)

When you get what you want in your struggle for self
And the world makes you king for a day,
Just go to a mirror and look at yourself
And see what that man has to say.

It isn’t your father or mother or wife
Whose judgment upon you must pass,
The fellow whose verdict counts most in your life
Is the one staring back from the glass.

Some people might think you’re a straight-shooting chum
And call you a wonderful guy,
But the man in the glass says you’re only a bum
If you can’t look him straight in the eye.

He’s the fellow to please, never mind all the rest,
For he’s with you clear to the end,
And you’ve passed your most dangerous test
If the guy in the glass is your friend.

You may fool the whole world down the pathway of years
And get pats on the back as you pass,
But your final reward will be heartache and tears
If you’ve cheated the man in the glass.