Navy gets dirty for mental health

This article has photo gallery Published on SBLT Reuben Sugars (author), SBLT Harry Joseland (photographer)

Location(s): Lardner Park, VIC

Topic(s): Beyond Blue, Mental Health

After three hours of mud, storms and obstacles Sub Lieutenant (SBLT) Jack Petersen; Seaman Electronics Technician Sean McCartney; SBLT Joe Mikhail and SBLT Daniel Altschwager celebrate a mission well done. (photo: SBLT Harry Joseland)
After three hours of mud, storms and obstacles Sub Lieutenant (SBLT) Jack Petersen; Seaman Electronics Technician Sean McCartney; SBLT Joe Mikhail and SBLT Daniel Altschwager celebrate a mission well done.

Fifteen personnel from HMAS Cerberus Technical Training Faculty braved a course of mud and obstacles in stormy weather to raise funds for Beyond Blue on Sunday 20 October.

Sub Lieutenant Harry Joseland, a Weapons Electrical Engineer, who had recently placed first amongst Australian Defence Force (ADF) participants in the Melbourne Half-Marathon, said participating in the obstacle course ‘Tough Mudder’ was a rewarding experience. 

“I’m proud to have been able to share my passion for running with my Navy friends, while promoting mental health and wellbeing in the wider community,” Sub Lieutenant Joseland said.

“The course was challenging and teamwork was vital to our success, many of the obstacles could only be completed with the help of others.”

Chaplain Stephen Varney, who provides chaplaincy services for the Cerberus ship's company said bringing people together through a physical challenge was a good way to support mental wellbeing.

“It’s good to see Navy promote events like this which support mental wellbeing. I aim to continue this trend throughout my time at Cerberus.”

Tough Mudder, like the ADF, is all about teamwork and looking out for your mates, and is what Beyond Blue encourages people to do when it comes to mental health.

The Team Navy united to face 16km of muddy trenches and 25 military class obstacles designed to test teamwork, mental and physical grit and raised $760 for the cause.

Team Navy was well prepared for the course considering the regular fitness sessions which are provided for all members of the Defence Force.

The large gymnasium at Cerberus allowed them to prepare for the course by allowing participants to train in their own time.