Jack Levitt

Founder, Flynn’s Walk

2023 VIC Local Hero Nominee

Jack Levitt lost his friend Dr Flynn Hargreaves to suicide in 2018. Flynn was a caring, compassionate vet. Research has shown that veterinarians are four times more likely to die by suicide when compared to the general population.

Jack created the Flynn’s Walk event initially as a memorial to Flynn and his grieving family and friends. After the first walk in Melbourne, Jack decided to continue it as a memorial and to encourage vets to seek support. He also hoped to educate animal owners about the challenges vets and their staff face.

Flynn’s Walk initially fundraised for ‘RUOK?’ and ‘Love Your Pet? Love Your Vet’. It is now a standalone charity that has expanded to four major cities across Australia.

Through Flynn’s Walk, Jack hopes to provide awareness and education about mental health to the community and encouragement to vets everywhere.