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Walking to Sydney to reduce stigma
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.