G'day everyone, I'm Tim and I will be supporting Lifeline in my walk from the bottom to the top of Australia (Wilsons Prom to Cape York). Personally I have dealt with suicide seriously three times in my life, ending up being scheduled twice and spending an extended time in both public and private psychiatric wards. Hopefully through this walk I can raise awareness of the prevalence of suicide in Australia, the ways that we can talk about it, and the basic everyday things we can do to help each other. Suicidal behavior does not have to be solely negative, it does not have to be dealt with in isolation, it does not have to be the end. One of my main hopes is that at least this walk and my experience can mean something to those in need. That there is some solace in how life, despite how bleak, continues, we keep walking, the shadows move overhead, and happiness peaks through darkness everyday, even if it is in the smallest way, it prevails.
Technically the walk will comprise of road walking to the Australian Alps track, joining the Bicentennial National Trail around Canberra, following it till its completion in Cooktown and then making a final dash along 4WD tracks to Cape York. All in all the walk is around 6000km. I'm hoping to crack a pace of over 35km a day to finish in approximately 6 and half months.
Lifeline has been helping Australians through suicide for over 50 years. In doing this walk I sincerely hope to raise as much support as possible to help them continue to provide the incredible service they do everyday for thousands of Australians. Please donate generously, be well and feel free to ask me any questions on my facebook page: Everday Steps.