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 advocate for mental health and PTSD; sadly, Nathan lost his battle in December 2016. Nathan started Walking Off The War Within, he created the image of a soldier with a shadow on his back and the walks that happen around Australian now are a way that Nathan’s legacy continues.
The walks 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. This was his Walking Off The War Within.
Walking Off The War Within has transformed from one man’s movement to a series of events, 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!
2022 looks a bit different for WOTWW…
After much consultation and conversation with the WOTWW team, it’s become clear that COVID is still presenting a lot of challenges to many of us and our communities.
COVID continues to impact our small team and their families, as well as our emergency services friends, volunteers, sponsors, walkers and the wider communities. and we have made the difficult decision to cancel the Ballarat event for 2022, postpone Mildura to later in the year and will go ahead with Brisbane.
While it is disappointing to have to change our plans, we hope everyone understands and continues to support WOTWW and shine a light on positive mental health. Watch our social media to get updates as the year rolls out. Thanks for your support, it means the world to the Shanahan family 😊
The 2022 Challenge
People are invited to take on 20km with or without a 20kg, or walk as much as they can, on their own or with a mate. The WOTWW team challenges everyone – mates, family, colleagues and friends – to throw on their our walking boots, grab your pack and march as one; everyone is welcome.
Brisbane – 21 May, 2022 | Mildura – 17 September, 2022
Help us fight depression and PTSD and let return service people and our emergency service personnel know they are not alone in their battles with mental health and well-being. The events are 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 in a walk near you and help raise awareness for PTSD and depression.
You can purchase a T-SHIRT and CAP at each event.
T-SHIRTS – GREY / PINK
$30 per shirt (plus postage)
TRUCKER HATS – GREY/BLACK/ CAMO
$15 – when collecting your hat on the day
$25 – when you want your hat posted to you
Make a donation
You can make a donation to support the work of the Walking Off The War Within team. We raise funds through donations, ticket sales, sponsorship and grants. Funds are used to deliver family friendly inclusive community walks across Australia, our walks shine a light on mental health and are one way to shaking off the stigma associated with mental health. Our walks are making a difference and in some cases, saving lives. Our events allow people living with mental health issues to know that they are not alone and that together, the burden of depression and PTSI can be shared. Importantly our community walks enable people to talk about suicide. The work that this not-for-profit group, run almost entirely on people-power, is saving lives.
We also make donations to local service providers who are working directly with people living with mental health.
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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.
Friday, March 13, 2020 – 4pm
A message from the WOTWW team.
CANCELLATION OF THE MILDURA WALKING OFF THE WAR WITHIN EVENT
It is with disappointment that we are announcing the cancellation of tomorrow’s (14/03/20) Walking Off The War Within (WOTWW) event in Mildura.
As a result of advice given today by the Australian Chief Medical Officer – that events and gatherings of more than 500 people should be cancelled – the team has decided to cancel tomorrow’s event with the view of holding it in the future when we are in a position to do so.
Currently, Mildura has 800+ people registered and over 100 supporters and spectators attending the day. We are thrilled with these numbers and support however fit into the category that the Government is making decisions about.
We are very mindful that a number of amazing people have worked hard to pull this event together and understand that they will be disappointed. The advice is official and cancelling large events is one of the precautionary measures being taken by the Government to manage the spread of the corona virus and to minimise the impact on the community.
This is unanimous advice from each State medical officer and we need to heed this advice and respond accordingly.
Other WOTWW events…
There are more WOTWW planned in the coming weeks and months around Australia and we will provide information on these events as we know more.
The WOTWW team wishes to thank everyone involved in tomorrow’s event including registered walkers, supporters, food and entertainment vendors, sponsors, media outlets and many others. We are endeavouring to get in touch with people before tomorrow and hope that they’re not too impacted by this cancellation.
Watch our Facebook, Instagram and website for updates.