David's Story

13 Jun 2024
David, 39, from Melbourne, found himself in his darkest moment in 2019, after coming out of a nine-and-a-half-year relationship. He called Lifeline and connected with a voice on the other end of the phone that gave him the support he needed to hold onto hope. 

“In 2019 I had just come out of a nine-and-a-half-year relationship,” says David. “The separation was messy, and the adjustment was challenging and painful.  

“I slowly began to spiral out of control. Before I knew it, I had begun to isolate myself and retreat from the world. I was deeply unhappy, and I didn’t want to be here anymore. I wanted to end it all. 

“I didn’t know where to turn, until a dear friend of mine reached out and suggested I talk to someone. So, with no expectation but with extreme desperation, I called Lifeline.” 

David says he’ll never forget that call and the kindness, humility and patience he received from the 'calming voice’ on the other end of the phone.   

“It felt like a hug from a parent as I shared my deepest and darkest moments, conversations I couldn’t burden my loved ones with… I felt secure, safe, and heard. 

“The voice on the other end of the phone called emergency services and remained on the call with me for them to arrive. I received the treatment I needed and further pathways for support.” 

After receiving crisis support in his darkest moment, David began to support his mental wellbeing through exercise.  

“In the weeks that followed, a concerned friend of mine suggested I try going to the gym. What started off as a temporary distraction quickly became an opportunity to improve my fitness whilst getting over the breakup.   

“In the months following, my life turned around dramatically as I met someone amazing. Fast forward to today, and we have a beautiful baby boy together.” 

Today, David finds that regular exercise is one of many strategies that support his mental health. 

“My mental health requires constant management to keep me afloat, rather than getting dragged down,” he says. 

David also believes that being part of fitness events like The Push-Up Challenge helps not only builds his physical and mental health, but also helps him stay connected with those who matter most. 

“The Push-Up Challenge has given me the opportunity to engage my work colleagues, family and friends whilst remaining active." 

Lifeline is available 24 hours a day to listen, without judgement. If you or someone you know needs crisis support, call Lifeline on 13 11 14, or text on 0477 13 11 14. 

Your donation through The Push-Up Challenge will ensure Lifeline’s critical support services are accessible to anyone - anytime, anywhere. Donate to Lifeline today. 

Read more stories of Aussies just like David who have been impacted by mental health challenges on our Stories page.