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Braver, Stronger, Wiser

20 November 2008

Braver, Stronger, Wiser

Braver, Stronger, Wiser is a film produced by The Salvation Army, designed especially to help people in rural communities recognise and deal with depression.

The Reason Behind the film

This film aims to celebrate the life and resilience of rural Australia, and to help counter the disturbing suicide statistics of many farming communities.

Braver, Stronger, Wiser shares the stories of four people living in rural and remote Australia who have struggled with – and sought help to manage – various forms of depression. 

It features an extensive range of resources, for example

  • emergency contact numbers
  • a link to The Salvation Army’s Hope for Life online suicide prevention training program
  • expert advice from Professor Michael Baigent of Beyond Blue

Anna Rudd, producer of Braver, Stronger, Wiser, says, “the whole purpose of the DVD really is to save lives, and to get across the message that there is hope, and there is help available.”

The Salvation Army has distributed 500,000 copies of the DVD to more than one million rural Australians, including 51,000 of Australia’s most remote households, who have access to few or no medical or counselling services.

Get a copy

To get a free copy of Braver, Stronger, Wiser, call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58). DVDs are also distributed by Salvation Army rural chaplains and at Salvation Army churches and centres.

About The Characters

The people featured in Braver, Stronger, Wiser demonstrate how depression damaged their lives, how they sought help and are today successfully managing the issue.

Catherine Driver Catherine was a single mum, battling postnatal depression, alone. She has since been diagnosed as bi-polar, and today manages a 70,000 acre property in Charleville, Queensland, as a single mum
Mark Pickford A fifth generation farmer, Mark was running a farm that, at one point, was losing $10,000 a month. He speaks about how he battled depression after having to sell the farm. Today, Mark enjoys closer relationships with his family, particularly his children.
Hannah Stone Hannah had suicidal thoughts and was diagnosed with depression due to a chemical imbalance and  as a teenager, spoke bravely to her school about her depression. Today, Hannah she has come a long way and enjoys her job in real estate.
Warren Timothy Warren turned to alcohol and marijuana after his father’s death. Today he is clean and sober, and after a battle with depression, is a happy family man.

Salvo Rural Chaplains & Support

The Salvation Army provides a network of support for people in regional and remote areas in need of practical assistance, or who would simply benefit from a listening ear or a hand of friendship.

Rural Chaplains NSW/Qld/ACT or call (02) 6771 1632
  Vic/SA/Tas/WA/NT or call (03) 8878 4500
Drought relief support To access, please refer to your nearest Rural Chaplain, as above

Hope for Life - The Salvation Army suicide prevention and bereavement support service

For more information, read our page on the rural support provided by The Salvation Army

Depression Factsheet

  • If you believe you have symptoms of depression, talk to a GP or other health professional
  • Depression is an issue many people face and with the right treatment, most people recover
  • It is estimated that around one million Australians are living with depression. But help is out there
  • Download our fact sheet on depression. All information in this fact sheet has been provided by beyondblue: the national depression initiative
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Gifts over $2 to the social work of The Salvation Army in Australia are tax deductible. Details

  • ABNs:
  • 46 891 896 885 (NSW)
  • 22 035 976 360 (QLD)
  • 52 609 689 893 (Overseas Aid)

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