Retired firefighter and North Shore Rescue volunteer Erik Bjarnason has teamed up with global men’s health charity Movember to bring awareness to men’s mental health.
In 2005, Erik Bjarnason escaped death while on a climbing expedition at Mount Logan after he became trapped in an extratropical cyclone that left him and two of his teammates stranded for three days. The team was rescued, but Bjarnason lost all his fingers and one thumb to frostbite.
That is just the beginning of Erik’s story. After returning to work after the accident, Erik fell into a deep depression during which he experienced suicidal thoughts. Ultimately, speaking up and reaching out for help is what saved Erik’s life and today he wants other men to know that it’s ok to open up about what you’re going through.
RJ Sauer is a writer, director, producer for commercial and film. His passion is creative exploration through storytelling whether on camera or outdoor adventure in his backyard and abroad.
He founded the boutique production company Brüdder fifteen years ago and since then has conceptualized and produced a wide variety of commercial and dramatic content for regional, national and international companies and agencies.
He has worked and traveled extensively in rugged and remote locations around the world with an affinity for the mystical qualities of the north including multiple film trips to the Arctic in both summer and winter.