Nathan Bolton

Former Australian Special Forces Soldier & Mental Health Advocate


Nathan Bolton is a founder and director of Bolton Brothers; a psychology company focused on changing the face of men’s mental health.

With men making up 7 out of 9 of all suicides in Australia alone, Bolton Brothers takes a gendered approach to mental health services, to support men find the courage to reach out and ask for help during times of crisis and need. An organisation with one goal, to inspire, empower, educate and improve mental health awareness, break stigma and promote help-seeking behaviour for men and the wider community.

Current Work:

In addition to his work with Bolton Brothers, Nathan sits on the South Australian Premier’s Council on Suicide Prevention, is the South Australian representative of the Special Operations Engineer Regiment Welfare Association, and previously sat on Wellbeing South Australia’s Community Advisory Committee for Mental Health.

Previous Work:

By the age of just 21, Nathan earned a Certificate III in Geoscience, worked in the mines, worked on the oil rigs, was a volunteer firefighter with the Country Fire Service, and joined the Army before rising to Australia’s Special Forces.

After joining the Army, Nathan was quickly accepted into the Special Operations Engineer Regiment based out of Holsworthy in Sydney between 2009 and 2014. In 2009 and 2013, Nathan supported the Military Domestic Counter Terrorism Unit TAG East protecting Australia’s interests.

In 2010 and 2012, Nathan deployed to Afghanistan as part of the Special Operations Task Group. Here he found himself involved in multiple traumatic situations, from having his vehicle blown up, being pinned down by enemy gunfire, accepting his death laying on top of IED’s, and more. In 2011, Nathan attempted and completed the SASR Selection course. However, Nathan was medically discharged from the Australian Defence Force in 2014 for physical injuries sustained on his second tour. He was later diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Major Depression. Nathan lost the next five years of his life to severe mental ill-health, where he mustered all the energy he had to protect himself from himself merely. However, after hitting rock bottom, Nathan finally broke his silence and sought psychological support. Here he learned to make peace with his past and his newfound limitations and An unexpected silver lining forged out of the depths of suffering and an unrivalled lesson when it comes to living authentically.

Accomplishments and Awards:
– Special Operations Engineer Regiment “Soldier of the Year”
– Soldier of Merit award for Combat Engineer
– Initial Employment Training Skill at Arms award for Basic Training
– Kapooka Completed the SASR Selection Course
– Kandahar International Marathon 42.2km
– Afghanistan Hubert100 Marathon 42.2km
– Flinders Rangers 24hr Trial Sidecar finisher


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