I’m taking on Sydney Coastrek!
On Friday 27 March, I'll be taking part in Sydney Coastrek, the ultimate team trekking
Did you know that three million people in Australia are living with anxiety and depression?
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Why we hike for physical and mental health and well being - it's VERY personal
During 2018 and 2019, my team lost a number of people to suicide. At first we thought it was just a few, but as we started writing a list, it soon became apparent that it was more like a small army of people either close to us or close to people close to us. In the street where I live alone (which only has about 20 houses in it) three families each lost a precious loved one to suicide in the space of six months - an appalling statistic and a tragedy by any standard.
In addition, in my own family we lost our dear bonus or step brother to suicide in July 2019 and as his father, our bonus father said, he now has a life sentence though he committed no crime. My partner lost his uncle and two friends to suicide, my niece and nephew their father, my daughter a friend she shared a desk with in Year 12 chemistry, my other daughter her high school sweet heart, my son a long term school mate, my sister one of her best friends, my high school boyfriend his brother, our high school art teacher, and the list goes on.
The youngest just 11 years old, her family left to pick up the pieces and carry on wondering what they could have done differently to enable a different outcome and create a world where their daughter had a will to continue and was able to see a better tomorrow.
It doesn't matter what the age, the result is still the same: friends and families left reeling, shocked and devastated and blaming themselves. Asking why, and what they could have done differently? How could they have changed what happened? Why didn't they see it coming? Why didn't their loved one tell them how low they felt?
I dont know what the answer is, and I'm certain there isn't just one, but I do know that we, as a society, are doing something very wrong for all of these people with so much to live for to be chosing to opt out of life instead of seeing the light beyond their darkness if only they could see beyond today and lean on those who are there to help them.
We're walking not only for the army of people we've lost and we miss every single day, and for those we dont know that others miss the same way we do, but also so we can find an antedote to this epidemic of death by suicide so it stops, and people realise life is most definitely worth the living.