The Code 9 Foundation provides a place of support for current & veteran professional first responders & 000 operators who live with PTSD, depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions that result from their service to the community.

This support is available both in the ‘virtual world’ as well as via organised Peer to Peer ‘Catch-up’ nights, Coffee meet ups and other formal events.

The path through mental illness can be an isolating and lonely road.   At Code 9 we reach out and teach one another that they are never alone in their respective journeys, and we protect, support and encourage one another to do what is necessary to recover.


Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event ...


Diagnosis should be carried out by a qualified practitioner. We have listed the criteria required for the diagnosis of PTSD....


If you believe you are suffering from PTSD you should seek clinical help immediately. Here are some suggestions...

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Help The Code 9 Foundation to provide more life saving assistance dogs to those suffering from PTSD.
Your donation will assist The Code 9 Foundation in supporting the mental health of current and veteran first responders, 000 operators, and their partners and carers through a range of projects and activities.

What we do

  • Show all first responders that they are never alone.
  • Raise funds to sponsor assistance dogs through Assistance Dogs Australia
  • Hold partners and carers forums to help this critical group of people understand mental injuries and how they can best look after themselves alongside of their injured partner
  • Eradicate the mental health stigma within first responders and see that flow on to the community
  • Connect with former first responders to get them back among their mates
  • Promote positivity and healthy living
  • Offer advice to those that are struggling - to speak to a GP or psych and ensure that peer to peer support is offered
  • Educate those that are mentally healthy to ensure it stays that way
  • Refer first responders or their family members for clinical treatment

News & Media

  • 29 June 20

    In this sixth episode of "Conversations with The Code 9 Foundation" we are joined by outgoing Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police, Graham Ashton. Graham joins us to reflect on his 40-year career in law enforcement, breaking down the stigma associated with mental health, and why he wishes he had of acted sooner to normalise the conversation around mental health and well-being within Victoria Police. #youareneveralone  

  • 22 June 20

    In this fifth episode of "Conversations with The Code 9 Foundation" we are joined by Andrew Crisp, Victoria's Emergency Management Commissioner. During his career, which includes experience in senior emergency management and policing leadership positions, Andrew has been involved in responses to a number of major incidents, such as the Ash Wednesday Bushfires, the 2009 Victorian Bushfires, Christchurch earthquake, Queensland floods, the 2017 Bourke Street Tragedy and more recently the 2020 ...

  • 15 June 20

    In this fourth episode of "Conversations with The Code 9 Foundation" former AFL footballer, three-time premiership player, and captain of the Geelong Cats, Cameron Ling joins us to reflect on the unique mental health challenges of playing - and retiring from - sport at the elite level.

  • 9 June 20

    In this third episode of "Conversations with The Code 9 Foundation" we are joined by one of the Code 9 Family - Don Gillies. Don needs no introduction, a long career in both police and ambulance, and now a formidable voice for advancing the conversation around first responder mental health and well-being. Don joins us to discuss his passion for supporting well-being through mindfulness and yoga.

  • 1 June 20

    In this second episode of "Conversations with The Code 9 Foundation" Greg Dean, former Senior Sergeant of Welfare Services at Victoria Police, joins us to discuss his reflections on how we can best support well-being within the emergency services.

  • 26 May 20

    In this first episode of The Code 9 Foundation's new podcast series it seemed fitting to kick things off with Founder and President Mark Thomas. Mark joins us to reflect on his experiences with PTSD, why he established the Foundation, and the importance of the tagline 

  • 27 April 20

    by Erin Cotter-smith - Associate Professor, Edith Cowan University

    There’s nothing that makes you feel as powerless as living with a partner with PTSD.

    This reflection has stayed with me for ...

  • 21 February 20

    7.30 on the ABC tonight featured Code 9’s new assistance dog, Codey!

    And also hear more from our Committee Member Rob, Founder Mark, and learn more about Ambulance Victoria’s incredible peer dog support program!  Watch it ...

  • 20 February 20

    Introducing Codey!

    Well Code 9 family, we have some pretty exciting news to share with you all!

    As you know, it’s our privilege to be able to support first responders and 000 operators who are living with mental health conditions resulting from service to the community.

    We’ve seen the power of peer support. And we’ve also seen the incredible impact of PUPPY ...

Thanks Code 9...