Beaconsfield mine rescuer, Darren Flanagan, shares the importance of breaking down the stigma of mental health & not to be ashamed by it. Find out more about Darren below:
On an April night in 2006, Darren Flanagan was at home when he received a phone call that would change his life forever. An accomplished miner + explosives expert, Darren was flown immediately to the site of a collapsed Tasmanian gold mine where he prepared to help save the lives of two men who were trapped nearly 1km beneath the surface. This was an ordeal that would affect him deeper than he knew.
The name Darren Flanagan gained national recognition through his critical role in the Beaconsfield mine disaster where Darren was instrumental, heading far underground and operating more than 70 individual explosives over a period of 30 straight hours. The rescue mission was successful (with Darren at the centre of it) and the grateful and exhausted miners walked free.
Following this harrowing event, Darren Flanagan realised how tremendously affected hed been. As he dealt with the pain and trauma of such an ordeal, Darren was moved to share his story with others, shedding a deeper light on what had happened, and looking for ways to communicate the storys essential message of hope and resilience. Despite his recognition as a true hero, Darren Flanagan remains humble and exudes an aura of kindness and gratitude and meeting him in the cafe was like chatting to an old friend!
MENTAL HEALTH WARNING: If you're struggling at the moment and need support, please call:
Lifeline - 13 11 14
Beyond Blue - 1300 22 4636
Kids Helpline - 1800 55 1800