Simon was a NSW Police Officer for 16 years before being invalided out of the force with Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). He attained the rank of Detective Sergeant investigating major crime throughout Sydney. Simon systemically formed Depression and identity crisis, losing the career he loved, and, saw as his life-long profession. Having had a number of suicide attempts when loneliness, worthlessness and hopelessness took complete hold.
In 2015, Simon found his meaning, passion and purpose again that allowed him to move forward and keep living. Through resilience, hope and recovery Simon started a new life journey, to help others.
He has presented and shared his story to thousands of people across Australia, the United Kingdom and Canada. Now, including Zoom and other webinar platforms due to the current implications of the novel Corona Virus. By sharing his lived experience, work and research with medical professionals he provides thought provoking positive perspective, inspiration and practical meaning to change lives, educate the community, save careers and ultimately, save lives.
Simon is a bestselling author, his first book, ’Life Sentence - A Police Officers Battle with PTSD’ was published by Penquin Random House - May 2017.
Simon is a mental health and addiction advisor to the ‘Primary Health Network’ (PHN), Ambassador for ‘R U Ok?’ & ‘Australian Rotary Health’. He is a volunteer speaker and presenter for ‘beyondblue’ and the ‘Blackdog Institute’ and is Mental Health First Aid trained. He has been featured in many different forms of media, such as television interviews, a Canadian Documentary on PTSD, radio, magazines, newspapers and worldwide podcasts to share his story and key messages.
Simon’s other interests include sport, landscaping, the beach, socializing with friends and spending time with his family experiencing new adventures, travel and culture.