Just one day after Wollongong's firefighters walked to raise awareness of mental health issues, they were called in after a body was found under Sea Cliff Bridge.
During the last few weeks, Illawarra's firefighters have been called to so many mental health incidents that they've lost count.
We met at 6am on Tuesday, September 19, for a four kilometre walk along the Blue Mile, to talk mental health and how they deal with what they see during an average shift as a firefighter.
FRNSW Wollongong Station Officer Fletcher Gibson's been in the job for years, is married to a paramedic and, as often comes with the job, he hangs out with a lot of other emergency services personnel.
He's seen some stuff that could leave others shaking, but counts work as one of this happy places, along with exercising and going on holidays.
His colleague, specialist urban search and rescue firefighter Stuart Willick, balances the tough stuff by going fishing "anywhere, anytime".
Matt Ellem's new to the station and said the good stuff about being being a firefighter outweighs the tough moments.
For Dave Elliott getting up early and exercising by the ocean is his medicine to a tough shift at work.
How you can help
I've registered to walk and raise funds for Walk With Me and I've set a personal goal of 120 kilometres to help those struggling. So far I've walked 86 kilometres.