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Rob Hosking
An 360 Exclusive Interview

Rob Hosking is a man who has witnessed the full spectrum of human emotion. Driven by a desire to make a meaningful impact, to serve, protect, and effect tangible change, his journey has taken him from the front lines of policing to becoming a sought after voice in mental health. 

 

I recently sat down with this extraordinary man to find out what fuels his passion for advocacy and how his own experiences have shaped his mission to champion mental wellness. In our conversation, Rob opens up about the challenges he faced in law enforcement, the pivotal moments that led him to advocate for mental health, and his vision for a future where well-being is prioritised in every walk of life.

 

Stay inspired. Stay curious. 

 

Tracey

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Q. Rob, joining the police force was no small decision. What drove you to join, and how did the day-to-day stack up against what you had in mind?

Rob. Honestly, I was all in for the action and making a difference. I thought I'd be out there, changing lives, making the streets safer. But the reality hit me hard. It's more than just the action; it's the grind, the things you see that stick with you. It's heavy, and it challenges you to your core. It makes you question what you're really made of.

Q. There's a lot of talk about your final day on the job being a real turning point. Could you walk us through that experience and its aftermath?

Rob: Yeah, that last shift, it was like the universe's way of saying 'enough's enough.' It wasn't just the chaos of the day but this massive wake-up call about what I'd been carrying around all these years. It shook me to my foundations, made me take a hard look at myself and where I was headed. That's when I knew something had to give, that I needed to find a new direction, something that would let me heal and make a difference in a new way.

Q. The culture within the police force is famously tough. How did that environment shape your views on handling pressure and mental health?

Rob: Yes. It’s all about being the tough guy and never showing weakness. And sure, the force teaches you to handle just about anything, but it doesn't leave much room for dealing with your feelings. I was so used to keeping it all locked up, that it took me a while to realise the damage that was doing. Learning to open up, to be okay with not being okay, that was a game changer for me.

Q. After stepping away from the force, you embarked on a journey of self-discovery. What did that path look like for you, and what were the major takeaways?

Rob: The best way I can describe that time is to say that it was like navigating through a storm without a compass. I had to face down the demons I'd been dodging for years, had to learn to sit with my own thoughts and feelings. It taught me a lot about self-care, about giving yourself the space to heal. And the biggest thing? Realising that all the pain and struggle could actually be used to help others. That's where I found my new purpose.

Q. Now, you're on the stage sharing your story. What's at the heart of your message?

Rob: I want people to know there's hope, that it's okay to be real about what you're going through. Especially in jobs where there's a lot of pressure to just suck it up and deal with it. I'm here to say it's time to break those old stigmas, to start looking out for each other and talking about the tough stuff.

Q. Sharing such personal experiences must take a toll. How do you find the balance between being open and maintaining your own resilience?

Rob: It's all about honesty. When I share my story, it's raw, it's real, and sure, it opens up old wounds. But there's healing in that, too, both for me and for those listening. It's about showing that true strength isn't hiding your struggles but facing them head-on, together.

Q. Reflecting on your journey and its impact, what stands out to you, and what do you hope to achieve moving forward?

Rob: Every time someone tells me my story helped them in some way, that's a win in my book. Moving forward, I just want to keep spreading the word, reaching more people, and hopefully, sparking some real change in how we all think about and deal with mental health.

Q. For those in the thick of their own battles, particularly in high-stress roles, what guidance can you offer?

Rob: Reach out. You don't have to go it alone. There's strength in admitting you're struggling and seeking help. Surround yourself with good people, focus on taking care of yourself, and remember, it's okay to not be okay.

Q. As we wrap up, what's the legacy you want to leave in the world of mental health advocacy?

Rob: If I can leave things even a little better than I found them, make it easier for people to talk about mental health and get the help they need, then I'll have done my job. I want to be part of a world where we all look out for each other, no stigmas, no judgment, just support.

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