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Walking to Sydney to reduce stigma

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BEECHWORTH resident Lisa Cartledge has taken more than 160km worth of steps towards Sydney, the final destinatio­n in her Beechworth to Bridge (B2B) Elephant Walk.

B2B is a not-for-profit group seeking to remove the stigma of suicide, improve the process of healing, and promote the concept that this disease is treatable and preventabl­e.

Along with a host of volunteers, Ms Cartledge was also joined by her daughter, Liv, for the first leg, with the group crowing the New South Wales border on Sunday.

Ms Cartledge, the inaugural president of B2B, aims to start conversati­ons about suicide to reduce the stigma associated with it and raise funds for research and prevention.

As the group’s website states, “There is no shame in suicide or surviving suicide. Like any other fatal condition, mental health is not a bad decision, it’s an illness.”

Walkers yesterday passed through Henty and aim to be in Wagga Wagga by tomorrow before the walk eventually ends at the north side of the Sydney Harbour Bridge on April 21.

You can follow the B2B journey on their Facebook and Twitter pages or visit www.b2b. org.au.

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REDUCING STIGMA: Beechworth resident Lisa Cartledge, pictured with her daughter Liv, is walking from Beechworth to the Sydney Harbour Bridge in an effort to break down prejudices about suicide.

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