I have been a carer of someone with a mental illness and as some of you know, suffered from a severe episode of depression this year due to the loss of a close family member. It’s a terrifying experience to be mentally unwell, and my empathy for anyone who has been touched by mental ill health has only grown through my own experience. We all go through tough times & we all know it’s the love and support of family and friends that lifts us up & makes all the difference. I've created this page because I want to make a difference. I'm inspired by the work of Mental Health Carers NSW and wanted to support them by raising money. There are currently 2.7 million unpaid carers in Australia, 39% of whom provide more than 40 hours of care a week. Due to the demands of their full time caring role, carers are at a high risk for developing mental health issues. Mental illness is a tough time experienced by 1 in 5 Australians, so chances are someone in your life is doing it tough. They may live openly with mental illness or be suffering quietly. For some people it’s one episode. For others it’s a severe and life-long challenge. Although mental illness itself is not life threatening around 15% of people affected by mental illness die by suicide. Currently government funding provides assistance for only half of the support and care needed in the community for mental health services. Open discussion creates understanding for those who suffer. By taking the time for the 5km Wellness Walk across Sydney Harbour Bridge, you are taking a stand that helps create space for more understanding. The more we understand the more compassionate we are, the better the lives of all those affected. Please help me help by giving whatever you can using the 'Give Now' button. The more people that know about Mental Health Carers NSW, the greater their impact, so please also spread the word by sharing my page with your friends and family. Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot!