Sun­rise walk to shine light on well­be­ing

The Leader (Tasman) - - GARDENING - CARLY GOOCH

The Sun­rise Walk for Well­be­ing is set to beat the feet around the air­port while pro­mot­ing men­tal health.

The walk is aimed at rais­ing aware­ness about the sup­port avail­able from Sup­port­ing Fam­i­lies in Men­tal Ill­ness Nel­son.

One of the or­gan­is­ers, Pete de Jong, said that the walk was about help­ing peo­ple un­der­stand that they could talk about men­tal ill­ness

‘‘It’s not one of these things that needs to be hid­den away ... the whole thing is just try­ing to re­ally let peo­ple know that de­pres­sion, anx­i­ety and men­tal ill­ness is just an­other hu­man ill­ness that’s com­mon and can be talked about.’’

Sup­port­ing Fam­i­lies in Men­tal Ill­ness Nel­son is an or­gan­i­sa­tion that helps whanau and car­ers of some­one who has a ma­jor men­tal ill­ness in­clud­ing schizophre­nia, bi po­lar dis­or­der, clin­i­cal de­pres­sion and other re­lated dis­or­ders.

Their free sup­port pro­vides in­for­ma­tion, ed­u­ca­tion and sup­port groups.

De Jong said the walk was held for the first time last year and was suc­cess­ful in rais­ing more than $800, with 250 peo­ple in at­ten­dance.

‘‘It was a bril­liant morn­ing for it, with a lovely sun­rise, nice red sky that every­one saw ... and every­one milled around at the end.’’

The morn­ing starts at 6am for the 6km walk around the air­port perime­ter be­fore light re­fresh­ments are sup­plied at the fin­ish in Nel­son Golf Club carpark.

Bryce Wast­ney will sing be­fore a young guest speaker talks about her per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence with men­tal health.

The event is free with any do­na­tions col­lected at the end go­ing to Sup­port­ing Fam­i­lies in Men­tal Ill­ness.

Peo­ple are en­cour­aged to wear yel­low for the walk.

* The Sun­rise Walk for Well­be­ing is on October 14 and starts at the Nel­son Golf Club car park. Dogs and bikes are not per­mit­ted on the walk. If wet, the event will be post­poned to October 15.

BRADEN FASTIER/THE LEADER

Peter de Jong, left, Su­san O’Con­nell and Bryce Wast­ney hope the Sun­rise Walk for Well­be­ing will raise aware­ness about men­tal health and the sup­port that is avail­able.

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