Shaun O’Gorman is a retired police officer from Australia. He spent 13 years in service, most of it in the K9 unit. By all accounts, Shaun became a “cop’s cop” after he followed his dad into public service. He spent years racing 100 mph (well, 160 kilometers per hour) to calls, watching and experiencing some of the worst things the job has to offer.
It didn’t take long on the job before Shaun’s previous bouts with depression returned and eventually devolved into PTSD and several nights of lying in bed with his service weapon in his hands trying to think of reasons not to kill himself.
But Shaun recovered – and eventually began to thrive – and it’s his mission now with The Strong Life Project to teach resilience and a way out. He’s no longer a cop but it’s still in his blood and his goal in life is to be a resource for other cops and first responders who are hurting.
Follow him on Instagram here or @shaunogorman.
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