The Davis Family Walkers

Brisbane Coastrek 2020 - 60km

We're taking on Sydney Coastrek!

We are taking part in Sydney Coastrek, the ultimate team trekking and fundraising challenge, proudly supporting Beyond Blue. 

Did you know that three million people in Australia are living with anxiety and depression?

Every donation helps and makes a significant impact to mental health and wellbeing in Australia, so thank you for your generosity.

Team Updates

Roisin's Story

The first time I thought I needed to speak to someone was when I was in my first year of my undergraduate degree. I was having trouble focusing on assignments and uni work and had lost a lot of motivation in my day to day life. I was laughed out of the campus psychologist’s office for taking an appointment from someone in ‘real need’. I felt invalid, humiliated and embarrassed. It took me a long time to even consider speaking about my feelings again.

People didn’t know I was struggling. I didn’t even comprehend the extent to which I was struggling. I was studying full time in a degree that I was never fully invested in as it was always a means to an end. I was working three jobs on top of clinical placements to save money for an upcoming exchange year. I was living in a share house in which I was never really accepted, only tolerated. I thought being sad, lonely, stressed was a natural reaction to my personal circumstances.

Eventually I went to a GP. I didn’t go to my usual GP for fear of the same judgement. He told me I had depression and to see a psychologist. No mental health plan was completed, no discussion of my options was had. I was 19 at the time and had very little knowledge of how Medicare versus private insurance worked. I thought my only option was to pay for a psychologist in full. I quickly realized I would not be able to afford this. I finally had to call my Dad, and the next day I drove home to speak to my parents.

I’ve never been so scared to have a conversation in my life. My parents were, and still are, the most amazing people but up until this point all I had encountered was a feeling of complete condemnation when discussing how I was feeling. They actively created a plan for me, and I was finally able to access the treatment I so desperately needed. However, I was so ashamed it was even required. I like to think that my family is very open and sharing with each other, but I made my parents promise to keep my struggles a secret. It was years before my sisters found out anything.

Throughout the first few years I found the “mental health stigma” to be a very real, and very harmful thing. I’ve had to quit jobs because I faced discrimination after having to admit the reason that I couldn’t accept an overtime shift was because I had a psychology appointment. I’ve lost friends because while unwell I may have unintentionally acted in ways that were hurtful to them. I’ve lost partners because they couldn’t accept that I wasn’t just “sad” and telling me to “just be happy” wasn’t the solution. For years I hid in silence, trying to never burden anyone again with my problems.

I got through my undergraduate. I started a new full-time job. I was passively floating through life, not happy, not struggling but just existing. Through this new job I made new friends. Friends who are so vibrant in life that they were helping me heal without realizing. I found passion and purpose again. I was able to come off my medication. I thought I was cured. I went back to study in a purposeful step towards entering post graduate medicine. I dropped back to casual work to focus on my studies. I remember thinking, ‘this time will be different.’

It wasn’t. What was different, was the reactions I received from people around me. They never laughed at my circumstances, they never invalidated my diagnosis. When I would come to work nauseas for weeks straight because I’d recommenced my medication, my manager would ensure I was eating well. When I needed an extra day off to recover from my run of night shifts, my colleagues would swap shifts with me. I felt comfortable confiding in what I had been through, and how I felt. Instead of thinking I was being judged I felt I could be myself. I gained confidence and became happy again.

My biggest achievement was getting into medicine. Something I had wanted my whole life and had spent so many years thinking would never be a reality. Yet again, I thought depression and anxiety were behind me…. but they came back, this time with a vengeance. I was in a new state, in a new city away from the safety net I had developed over the years. The difference this time was that I knew what was going to happen, and how much I wanted to fight it.

The first ten months of this year, I slipped down a bad path and my behaviors and actions have not been me. But I was open and honest to friends who went above and beyond to help me, and to get me through. The same can be said with my university. The extent to which they went through behind the scenes to help me pass end of phase exams was insurmountable. Despite me constantly invalidating myself, they assured me that their job is to help me achieve the best of my ability.

The mental health stigma is harmful. It needs to change. Just because the symptoms of a mental health illness cannot be seen, does not mean that they are any less real and valid than a physical illness. So that’s why I’m here. To raise awareness about mental health. If I can help others choose empowerment over shame that’s enough for me. So, let’s be a collective voice in honesty, compassion and education – the qualities we need to face mental illness AND to fight stigma. No matter how you contribute, you can make a difference by knowing that mental health is no one’s fault. You can make a difference by being and living stigma free.

Thank you to our Sponsors

$415

The Husskison Hotel

$250

Jeff Trevarthen

Very happy to support .. enjoy the walk ladies!

$202

Husskison Hotel Trivia

Funds raised from Husskison Hotel trivia night

$130

Tim And Terri Davis

Very proud of our Family for supporting this worthy cause

$125

Tim And Terri Davis

Proud of all our Family for supporting this worthy cause

$125

Tim And Terri Davis

Very proud of all our Family for supporting this very worthy cause

$125

Tim And Terri Davis

Very proud of all that you do Roisin and you showing great leadership with this endeavour

$114

Ivan Walls

Nice work Team Davis

$114

Natasha Doherty

Great work team!

$114

John Davis

Go hard

$114

John Davis

Well done Bridget

$114

John Davis

Very proud of you

$114

Anonymous

$114

Dom

Good luck for a good cause!

$110

Kate Pennicott

All the best Bridget. Such an important cause xo

$104

Bill Armagnacq

Good luck Davis Family team.

$100

Sam Betzien

Well done guys. An extremely important cause. Don't worry - the 60km is fine on the day - it is the next day that hurts!

$100

Greg And Chris Rattray

Good on you all! Great cause. x

$68

Kevin Mcmahon

Gotta get you over your goal! Keep going Davis girls!!

$52

Claire Atkinson

$52

Mehryar Nooriafshar

Good on you guys. Well done.

$52

Ryan Lim

$52

Matt Cherry

Love your work Davis girls.

$52

Anonymous

Go team Davis!!

$52

Gerard Davis

$52

Jim And Kaye Bock

Wishing Team Davis on your fundraising walk for a truly worthy cause. Good luck everyone.,

$52

Grant And Louise Wilson

Go Team Davis

$52

Dorn And Jack Davis

With our love

$52

David Snow

$52

Emma Wilson

$52

Barry & Jenny Lane

Go Team Roisin

$52

Jodie Howie

Good luck team - a great cause to contribute to -thank you xx

$52

Rob Davis

$52

Louise Davis

Incredibly proud

$52

Louise Davis

Great support!

$52

Alison Smith

Best wishes for the walk Bridget! Alison & James

$50

Lach And Lauren Brimblecombe

$50

Mike

$50

Kathryn Mcmahon

$50

Hannah Clements

You're incredible, I'm in awe!

$50

Emily Hayward

Proud of you Mairead!

$50

Rushil Bhardwaz

$50

Cathy Lyndon

I know you won't be walking because of COVID-19, but support for mental health will be even more important at this time!

$50

Louise Davis

Inspirational & brave

$50

Cathy And Ron Bathurst

Great cause! Good luck with the walk Team Davis!

$50

Hannah B

$50

Halpin Kelly

$50

Sarah Walters

Good luck B - such a great cause. I hope you enjoy it!

$50

Hom Pant

$50

Molly Gibson

Very proud of you all!

$48

Ian Watkins

Always happy to support the Davis family. What a good cause.

$48

Natalie Romanet

Such an incredible cause Bridget - wishing you all the best!

$40

Bridget N Hayden Grace

You can do it!!!! Go Davis girls! Such an inspiration!

$31

Liesda Marsdon

A very important, beautiful cause. Good luck with the training! :)

$31

Thushani Lawson

Great work and best of luck!

$31

Ben Garvey

$31

Bell Tang

Go Bridge and TB!!!!

$31

John Olive

$31

Mi And Tanya Levi

Way to go, Ro!!!

$31

Hai Pham

Thank you for sharing your story Roisin. That was very brave of you. Hope you'll reach your goal soon!

$31

Rebecca Newton

Proud of you Ro, amazing effort! xx

$31

Maddie Wicks

Go Davis Fam! Such an important cause. I'm with you every step of the way (not literally - 60km is a long way! But in every other way!) xxxx

$31

Coby Maskell

$31

Christopher Portway

Great cause. Good luck on your walk!

$31

Hai Pham

Best of luck Mairead! Such a good cause :D

$31

Darren Morris

Best of luck

$30

Cass Byers

Way to go, Ro! XXx

$30

Brooke Davis

$30

Anna Wilson

Proud of you Mairead, such a wonderful cause xx

$30

Jesse Evans

Good luck Bridget - big challenge for a great cause!

$30

Ellie Minchell

Go Davis Family Walkers! xx

$26

Bianca L

$21

Jenny G

Good luck B!

$21

Maddie Wicks

All the best Roisin! A very worthy cause and a great initiative. xx

$20

Megan

$20

Kate Sunners

Go go Roro! Xx

$20

Erin Byles

Well done on what you are doing to support this very worthy cause :)

$15

Samantha Wilson

$10

Lesley Nye

Good luck!!!