Sunrise walk to shine light on wellbeing
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.
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.