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Support With Understanding
for Past & Present First Responders and Military Personnel
Support With Understanding
for Past & Present First Responders and Military Personnel

The ongoing pressure of military operations, the relentless stressors on our veterans and first responders, through the recent bushfires and COVID-19 all continue to expose the need for our emergency services and military veterans to be able to individually access confidential levels of mental health support.

Our new and innovative service delivery approach, that incorporates peer support from those who have served, allows our military and first responders to recover in a supportive community for growth.

And at low or no cost. Soldiers & Sirens offers professional mental health services inside an empathetic and understanding community of support; which extends from individual clients to their families.

Mental health issues and severe psychological distress are not career-threatening. They should not be life-ending either.

We believe that early intervention and obtaining the right treatment leads to recovery and a return to quality of life.

It’s a reality we want to change.

We were born from a vision to create a place where past and current first responders and military personnel could find comfort from someone who knows what it is like, who has seen what they have seen, and who knows that people who join these jobs are already resilient, and have been doing their best for years.

Clinical Services Director and Co-Founder Danielle Baldock is exactly this. After leaving the police force as an officer, she has spent over 10 years mastering how to treat trauma best. Her mantra that early intervention and obtaining the right treatment can lead to a full recovery weaves into the very fabric of Soldiers & Sirens.
With:

OUR VISION
‘To change the landscape of uniformed service mental health through collaboration, community and culture’

OUR MISSION
‘To provide current and ex-serving military and first responders, and their families, a safe and connected community in which to improve and maintain their mental and physical wellbeing’

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Mental health issues and severe psychological distress are not career-threatening. They should not be life-ending either.

We believe that early intervention and obtaining the right treatment leads to recovery and a return to quality of life.

It’s a reality we want to change.

We were born from a vision to create a place where past and current first responders and military personnel could find comfort from someone who knows what it is like, who has seen what they have seen, and who knows that people who join these jobs are already resilient, and have been doing their best for years.

Clinical Services Director and Co-Founder Danielle Baldock is exactly this. After leaving the police force as an officer, she has spent over 10 years mastering how to treat trauma best. Her mantra that early intervention and obtaining the right treatment can lead to a full recovery weaves into the very fabric of Soldiers & Sirens.
With:

OUR VISION
‘To change the landscape of uniformed service mental health through collaboration, community and culture’

OUR MISSION
‘To provide current and ex-serving military and first responders, and their families, a safe and connected community in which to improve and maintain their mental and physical wellbeing’

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Behind the Uniforms
Terrence Cook - CEO

Terrence Cook Joined the Australian Army at 17 Years old and served as a Rifleman in 1 RAR before being accepted to attend The Royal Military College – Duntroon in 1994. Terrence then returned to the Royal Australian Infantry Corps and served as a Platoon Commander in 3 RAR and 6 RAR. Terrence completed postings that included Land Command Staff Positions, Instructional Roles and Regimental Duties. On Promotion to Major Terrence commanded the Airborne Combat Team (A Coy 3 RAR), a short notice deployable element for the ADF. This role included a short notice deployment to assist clean-up for Cyclone Larry in North Queensland and rapid deployment to the Solomon Islands during the riots of 2006. Terrence Also Commanded the Security Detachment Baghdad 2006/2007.

Terrence has held operational roles including liaison with State Emergency Management and WA Police. Terrence was a member of the WA State Emergency Management and returned to an instructional role teach the Army’s future combat commanders.

During Terrence’s 24 Years of Army Service he saw deployments to Somalia, Malaysia, Thailand, East Timor (3 Deployments), Solomon Islands, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Qualifications: Tertiary Education in Leadership, Management and Business. Terrence is also currently working towards a Master’s Degree.

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Danielle Baldock - Clinical Services Director and Co-Founder​

Danielle Baldock completed her Bachelor of Psychology at UWA before serving as a WA police officer for 6 years. In 2008 she left the Police to pursue her psychology career. She is a long-time staff member at the Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC) where she honed her skills in trauma therapy. She has also worked at Victim Support and Child Witness Service, WA Police Health & Welfare, KEMH’s Childbirth and Mental Illness clinic, Soldier On, and at HMAS Stirling for Serco. In 2018 she joined the Australian Army Reserves as a Psychology Officer and is currently posted to the Perth Detachment of 1st Psychology Unit.

Danielle is a registered psychologist trained in Schema Therapy, Imagery Re-scripting, and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Re-Processing (EMDR). Danielle has a special interest in trauma, including childhood adverse experiences, combat trauma, first responder and military-related trauma, and sexual assault and abuse. She has trained in trauma processing modalities in order to better provide effective treatment for these experiences. She can manage risk and complexity and is willing to engage long term to promote the best results for each individual.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Psychology (University of Western Australia), Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling – Health (Curtin University), Masters of Business Administration – MBA (Curtin Graduate School of Business). Currently completing: Masters of Psychology– Professional
(Murdoch University).

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Laura McVeigh - Wellness Programs Manager

Laura McVeigh joined Soldiers & Sirens on student placement, and after proving herself to be helpful to this client demographic has been working across all our pillars. Laura has a history in document management and team leadership. After the mining downturn, she moved into the holistic wellness space and found her niche.

Laura combines several humanistic therapies, such as Narrative Therapy and Person-Centred Therapy, to encourage clients to find their own solutions in a supportive environment. She also helps clients to manage anxiety by working on identifying core emotions, and with grounding and mindfulness tools. Laura has completed Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), and is a registered member of the Australian Counselling Association (ACA).

Qualifications: Diploma of Remedial Massage (Australasian Academy of Wellness Therapies); Diploma of Counselling (Estrada College). Currently Completing: Bachelor of Counselling (Australian Institute of Professional Counselling).

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Daniel Bates - ​Co-Founder

Daniel is a former ex-police officer, who served with both the Victorian and Western Australian Police Forces. On moving back to Perth Daniel became a volunteer firefighter in the Department of Fire and Emergency Services. His exposure to a series of traumatic on the job incidents found him needing help and support with his own PTSD.

Daniel understands the tensions that arise from mental health conditions- and the need for empathy from services that understand the unique challenges of our first responders. In 2018, along with Danielle Baldock, he created Soldiers & Sirens to build a community of support to our emergency response and veteran community.

In 2020 he moved on from Soldiers & Sirens to seek new opportunities, but his passion for improving Uniform mental health lives on through the organisation he founded.

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