Jerry Farsoun after landing at Casino Airstrip on his way around Australia in a powerchute, raising awareness for depression.
Jerry Farsoun after landing at Casino Airstrip on his way around Australia in a powerchute, raising awareness for depression. The Northern Star

Jerry's journey airs depression awareness

JERRY Farsoun is flying high, taking his message about beating depression around Australia.

Yesterday he touched down in Casino to be greeted with champagne, pastries and open-hearted generosity.

Mr Farsoun, 38, of Melbourne, embarked on his journey in a 52 horsepower powerchute on May 4 from Tooradin Airfield, east of Melbourne.

He is now leap-frogging the country on a mission to bring attention to the often-taboo - particularly for men - subject of depression.

Mr Farsoun said he fell into the abyss of depression last year, culminating in an attempt at suicide.

"I rang Beyond Blue after hearing about them on the radio," he said.

"They were awesome and during my recovery I realised that people just don't know about all the organisations available for people suffering depression.

"It's because no one talks about depression - I think tonight I will write a definition of depression in my online newsletter."

Mr Farsoun has called his trek Over Down Under the Upside of Depression and is logging his progress, including a daily newsletter and video clips, on his website at www.overdownunder.com.au.

Check out Jerry's early attempts at flying.


"It's funny, because one day I didn't log a newsletter and I got calls from friends wondering if I was all right - amazing," Mr Farsoun said.

Along the way, Mr Farsoun hopes to raise over $100,000 for the fight against depression.

After landing at Casino Airstrip, Mr Farsoun was presented with $50 from Casino Aero Club president Harry Sunderland and the day's takings from the Casino Craft Club, which was meeting at the aero club rooms when Mr Farsoun dropped in.

Tonight he will be the guest of Jean-Claude, Mallanganee's famous French restaurateur, before he takes to the skies again tomorrow bound for Mudgeeraba on the Gold Coast, and then Caboolture on the Sunshine Coast.

"Any day above ground is a good day," Mr Farsoun said.


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