If you live in a family of five, it's highly likely that at least one of your parents or siblings is suffering from a form mental illness.
The term 'mental illness' is one that spans far beyond depression; with illnesses such as anxiety, schizophrenia, autism and bipolar collectively impacting the lives of millions of Australians. And not just those diagnosed with the disease.
For Josh and myself, mental illness (depression in particular) is a weight that has been worn by the majority - and taken the lives of too many - in our tight-knit home community of South Western Australia.
In a region where everybody is your neighbour and most are your friends, receiving word that somebody in the community is suffering from a mental illness impacts not the just the family and close friends of the person - but a whole corner of Western Australia.
In order to once again rekindle the conversation of mental illness, and raise money towards fighting the various diseases, my good mate Josh and myself are teaming up to tackle the 80km Margaret River Ultra Marathon on the 4th of May.
Having both grown up in the Margaret River region, the race holds a special place in both of our hearts. It's an opportunity for us to push ourselves beyond our physical and mental limits, reconnect with our adventurous upbringing, and celebrate how fortunate we are to have been brought up in such an incredible part of the world that is Margaret River.
The ultimate goal is to finish the race in under 12 hours, which we believe is completely achievable. But it's going to hurt. A lot...
Like A LOT a lot.
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