Capes hike for men­tal health

Augusta Margaret River Times - - News - Therese Col­man

Peo­ple across the South West are in­vited to take part in an eight-day hike of the Cape to Cape track to raise funds for peri­na­tal anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion.

Move for Men­tal Health cam­paigner Kylianne Far­rell is all too fa­mil­iar with the emo­tional tur­moil PNAD causes, not only for moth­ers of new­borns but also for their im­me­di­ate loved ones.

Ms Far­rell’s per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence af­ter the birth of her first child sparked her mo­ti­va­tion to raise aware­ness of the power of move­ment as a cop­ing strat­egy in the bat­tle against PNAD.

Ms Far­rell and other mums will be hik­ing the 135km track in Novem­ber to raise funds for the Gid­get Foun­da­tion — a not-for­profit or­gan­i­sa­tion which pro­vides sup­port to fam­i­lies dur­ing preg­nancy, birth and the post­na­tal peri- od. “There is some­thing very heal­ing about the land­scape of the Cape to Cape, from the karri for­est to the ocean,” Ms Far­rell said.

“They are in­cred­i­bly pow­er­ful en­vi­ron­ments if we are look­ing for some cop­ing strate­gies.”

Ms Far­rell is cer­ti­fied in fit­ness and coun­selling and has made it her mis­sion to teach moth­ers and the com­mu­nity about the ben­e­fits ex­er­cise can have for men­tal health.

“Move­ment is rec­om­mended as a strat­egy for the heal­ing jour­ney by al­most all men­tal health prac­ti­tion­ers,” she said.

The hike will take place from Novem­ber 12-19 and is open to any­one who wants to take on the chal­lenge.

For more in­for­ma­tion on how to book a place on the hike and start rais­ing funds, email Ms Far­rell at Kylianne@the­move­men­t­room. com.

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Walk or­gan­iser Kylianne Far­rell.

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