In Australia we’re used to floods, cyclones, fires, and prolonged drought. But even for the well-prepared, this can have a serious impact on Mental Health. In rural and remote Australia, the effects are even worse.
The charity Drug ARM Australasia is working to improve access to Mental Health support for people living in the country, as well giving Aboriginal Australian children and young people the best possible start in life to support good mental health and wellbeing.
While the idea that rural Australians are tougher and more resilient may be true, this idea fosters a stigma that often discourages people from seeking the support they need. With the few services available often too far away, even finding help can be a challenge.
I’m Harold Peacock and I am honoured to again support Drug ARM Australasia and its work for better Mental Health support in rural and remote Australia.
In August 2019, I’m joining a not-for-profit Australian Desert Expeditions research survey in the remotest part of the Simpson Desert. It’s the land of the ‘Mikirri' desert people, the Wangkangurru.
I’ll be walking with pack camels through the desert, sleeping in a swag, and assisting with botanical, anthropological, archaeological, and palaeontological documentation and recovery. This includes mapping the ancient Wangkangurru Yarluyandi songlines that haven’t been walked in over a century. The region boasts the world's largest parallel sand ridge desert and the biggest wild river system on the planet.
The purpose of my trip is to raise money for better Mental Health in rural and remote Australia, and highlight the awesome world in which we live.
My goal is to raise $1,000 for every day that I'm away. Please join me in supporting better Mental Health in rural and remote Australia by donating here today. You can follow my progress on Facebook www.facebook.com/SimpsonDesertHikeforHealth