How do you take ten years of struggling with the seemingly relentless despair of PTSD and Depressive Disorder and turn your experience into something positive?
For Australian veteran and successful businessman Trace Dann (in the guise of his alter ego, Captain Krankypants), the answer lies in sharing his story with others suffering the same conditions.
In what he describes as one of the most personal and self-confronting websites he's ever built, Trace tells the tale of his journey from a life of inner turmoil, stress, unhappiness, anger and distrust to a new life of self-awareness, acceptance, trust and, hopefully, happiness.
He'll be in the studio with June this weekend to explain how he's taking that tale on the road in a series of presentations, including one at Newark's Carriages Café next week, in a bid to help fellow sufferers and their families..
"My aim is to help reduce the number of depression-related suicides," he says. "Above all, I want to reassure others that they're not alone in this and that, with the right professional support, they can find the way to climb out of the pit of despair and back onto solid ground."
Tune in or listen online between 10am and 11am on Sunday to hear Trace talking about his own journey and his plans to return to the UK next spring, when he'll be offering more audiences his unique take on this serious and extremely topical subject.