#58 Chris Pitman – Invictus Games athlete on PTSD and mental resilience

Chris Pitman served 20 years in the Royal Australian Navy and was deployed to Iraq on multiple occasions before his medical discharge. He left with serious knee and hip issues, but they were nothing compared to what he has had to deal with mentally. As he tried to return to the ‘real world’, he sank into depression and alcoholism which led to him becoming severely overweight. This week, however, he makes an enormous step in his recovery by representing Australia in the Invictus Games.

How’s he done it? What’s he learnt? Did he receive adequate support? It’s all on the agenda in this confronting but inspirational interview as Chris prepares to compete.

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