Peter Bellion is a retired Detective Sergeant in the Victoria Police Major Collision Investigation Unit and a chronic post-traumatic stress disorder survivor.
During a decorated career in the force, Peter attended and investigated more than 2000 roadside fatalities across the state before he was diagnosed with chronic PTSD.
He now is a passionate advocate for getting early help for people experiencing traumatic events, especially first responders. The people profiled in It’s Time to Talk about Mental Health have offered up their stories to illustrate to others how we are all affected by different mental health challenges, and to offer hope to anyone who may be struggling.
Almost half of all Victorians will experience mental illness in their lifetime but too many people don’t speak up for fear of stigma and discrimination. It’s time to start a new conversation - mental health is something which affects us all. You can find more information on the series, as well as resources and information at The Better Health Channel - or searching #timetotalkvic. If you or someone you know needs support, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or beyondblue on 1300 224 636. In an emergency, call 000.
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Reviewed 29 November 2019