R U OK? fundraiser in North Fre­man­tle

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A NEW North Fre­man­tle gym is en­cour­ag­ing all peo­ple to ask oth­ers ‘R U OK’?

The Club­house Move­ment Stu­dio hosted a 24hour Run and Row Chal­lenge for R U OK Day on Septem­ber 13.

Par­tic­i­pants had to keep one rower and one tread­mill mov­ing at all times from 5.30am Thurs­day to 5.30am Fri­day.

Gym founder Aian Mclen­nan said it was the first time they had done such a fundraiser but they wanted to use the gym’s plat­form to raise aware­ness.

“At The Club­house, we be­lieve that men­tal health is just as im­por­tant as phys­i­cal fit­ness,” he said.

“Hav­ing dealt with my own per­sonal men­tal health is­sues for many years, I found that fit­ness is a great rem­edy to help with symp­toms of men­tal ill­ness such as anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion. I wanted to do some­thing that in­volves our mem­bers and the lo­cal com­mu­nity whilst rais­ing aware­ness at the same time, so that’s where the 24hour chal­lenge idea came from.”

The gym had 35 peo­ple sign up and Mr Mclen­nan said the sup­port had been over­whelm­ing.

“I hope that the chal­lenge en­cour­ages peo­ple to talk about men­tal health – ev­ery day is a day to ask some­one ‘Are you OK?’,” he said.

“We want peo­ple to know that it’s OK to say “No, I’m not OK’.

“The 24-Hour Chal­lenge is noth­ing in com­par­i­son to what peo­ple strug­gling with a men­tal ill­ness deal with on a daily ba­sis. It’s about driv­ing con­ver­sa­tion, of­fer­ing our sup­port and look­ing out for each other.

“From my ex­pe­ri­ence, many peo­ple, par­tic­u­larly young men, are em­bar­rassed to talk about it – we want to break this stigma.”

He hoped to make it an an­nual event.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d486756

Jay Booth­man and Aian Mclen­nan at the Club­house Move­ment Stu­dio, where a run and row chal­lenge for men­tal health was held re­cently.

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