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Supporting One Door Mental Health in Wellness Walk 2018
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Why I am supporting One Door Mental Health

My Story

As most of you may or may not know back in December 2016, I was first diagnosed with a disease called bipolar1 disorder. It is a chronic incurable brain disease that often leaves me struggling just to get through a day. Ive always been open with disclosing my diagnosis believing that I would be met with words of encouragement & well wishes. I also wanted to be a voice for others sufferering from mental illness who so often struggle alone. But unfortunately that wasn't the case. I was met with a mix of reactions. Mostly being ignored which was heartbreaking .... & it still is. Although most people do try to understand Ive often struggled with the hush, hush mentality of most peoples reactions. This is what we call bad stigma & wow mental health has a bloody dam lot of it. Because of this stigma I have watched so many struggle & I myself have suffered alot more then I believe I really needed to. The inability of being able to speak openly about my disease, even with family & friends has at times been paralyzing for me & made me become quiet. That being quiet has left me feeling desperate at times leaving me feeling alone with my struggle & making it even harder to maintain a healthy positive outlook which is vital for any mental health conditions recovery. So this is why I am taking part in Wellness Walk 2018 to raise much needed funds for One Door Mental Health. Their work is really important, and I want to do what I can to help. But there is only so much I can do on my own. You can help too, by donating to my page. Any amount you can give makes a difference! You can also support me by encouraging others to get involved, too. Please email the link to my page to your friends and family, or share it on social media. Thank you for your generosity and support -- it means a lot to me. Together we can help One Door Mental Health create the world we want to see.

About Wellness Walk 2018

Wellness Walk- Bridge Walk for Mental Health 

Now in its sixth year, the Wellness Walk is the creation of Larry Smith. Larry started up the Wellness Walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge after going to New York and participating in the NAMI Walks over the Brooklyn Bridge in support of mental health and fighting stigma. The NAMI Walk now takes place in more than 80 locations across the USA.

This year more than 50,000 people in more than 85 communities across the USA will walk in support of mental health. The NAMI Walk has grown exponentially, ours is just beginning! 

The Wellness Walk is a fantastic opportunity for you to get out for a walk and increase your physical activity, while showing your support for people living with mental illness, their families and carers. 

The Wellness Walk is an awareness raising exercise for Mental Health and also operates as a fundraiser to support essential services for people living with mental illness.   

There are two options to choose from; either 2km walk around the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens or a 5.9km across the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and back. 

- Warm up with our pre-event activities or grab yourself a coffee to get the heart going.

- Meet some of New South Wales' best NRL players.

- Hula-hoop your way to Face Painting, then head on over to the Photo Booth to get a snap.

- After the walk Prizes are up for grabs with awards for Kids Best Dressed, Largest Team and Most Funds Raised (team and individual prize).

- Enjoy live music on the beautiful grounds of Government House, Sydney.

Reward yourself with a sausage sizzle, you deserve it. 

Don’t forget to set up your individual or team fundraising page to help keep essential mental health services running in NSW - there are a number of great prizes up for grabs!  

About my cause: One Door Mental Health

One Door Mental Health is the new name for the Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW.

Through One Door, people living with mental illness and their families can find an inclusive community, innovative services and advocacy support. Creating a world in which people with a mental illness are valued and treated as equals is at the heart of everything we do.

For more than 30 years, One Door has designed and delivered expert mental health programs that are now accessible through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

One Door Mental Health is a leading mental health service provider specialising in severe and persistent mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, severe anxiety, psychosis, schizoaffective disorder, borderline personality disorder.

The majority of our team have lived experience giving us unmatched expertise in mental health. Our community creates a safe place that connects people. The services we offer are supported by many years of experience making us the NDIS mental health experts. And our advocacy work is putting an end to stigma and makes your voice stronger every day.

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