Swiss 8 was founded in 2018 by former infantry section commander, Adrian Sutter. After losing his sister to cancer and leaving the military without any transition guidance, Adrian experienced anxiety, depression and suicidal ideation. With little to no support or education available at the time, Adrian spent 8 years riding the mental health rollercoaster, searching for answers and better ways to improve his mental health.
Adrian watched many of his closest mates struggle through the same obstacles and suicidal ideation. Many taking their own lives.
Through discussion with these mates and the subsequent surveys of post transition combat veterans, he realised that they were disconnected, lacking identity, purpose, and proactive mental health education. This is a symptom of our healthcare system being a reactive and pharmaceutically driven model.
Refusing to let his turbulent experiences dictate the rest of his life, Adrian decided to disrupt the decaying health care model, by creating a new way of life – tackling mental ill-health proactively.
The 8 Pillars have been proven to reduce anxiety and increase positive outlook in their own respective studies. Swiss 8 combines these principles into a holistic model and teaches our audience to incorporate them into a daily routine. The 8 Pillars are at the core of everything we do.
Building a routine around fitness, nutrition, sleep and mindfulness is what allowed me to maintain and improve my mental health when I left the military.
Now, thanks to this app, the entire Veteran community will have access to these life saving tools.
Every dollar donated to Swiss 8 is committed to delivering, improving and expanding our tools, programs and courses. Our spending goes into world-class research, program development, digital technology building, educational content creation, and wages.
Since our launch in 2018, we have reached millions of people with our campaigns, assisting to destigmatise mental health and create substantial social action.
We’ve been impacting thousands of lives through our mental health tools, and have received overwhelmingly positive responses from government, corporates, and organisations, but, most importantly, individuals whose lives have been changed by our work.
Our team is made up of four legends. Two ex-service combat Veterans, a technology genius and a marketing specialist. What binds us together is our determination to end the suicide crisis, and help people achieve their most optimal performance in every aspect.
CEO & Founder
National Tribe President
Chief Technology Officer
Marketing & Partnerships Manager
Our board of directors, advisors and ambassadors are a combination of ex-service combat Veterans, psychologists, PHD candidates, advocates, parliament members, health coaches, nutritionists, and athletes.
Suicide statistics collected in February 2022 from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).