Been ten years in the making, this one. The Gap is about a particularly difficult summer working as a paramedic in Bondi, the closest ambulance station to Sydney’s suicide spot at Watson’s Bay known as ‘The Gap’. It was a summer when the suicide rate peaked, when mental health calls seemed to be all we were doing, and when my friend and work partner John Dixon spiralled into his own depression at the same time. It’s a deeply personal and honest work in which I’ve refused to sanitise or glorify the job of the paramedic. For that reason it may be confronting for some. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, I accept that. But what you’ll get reading The Gap is an insight into the factors that lead to people taking their own lives and the part we can play in supporting the vulnerable and helping to bring them back from the edge.

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