Hey everyone - this year I will be walking in the Wellness Walk to raise awareness for mental health and the people who care for those with mental health issues. I was a young carer for my mother who has schizophrenia, helping my dad to take care of her and helping out around the house doing things most young people wouldn't be doing at that age. Experiencing a mental illness can be quite a damn scary thing and people can often times feel alone. However mental illness is quite common, and those experiencing mental illness and their families should know that they are not alone. Mental illness can also take a toll on families and carers, and most times families and carers go unnoticed in their caring role. I want people to know that having a mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of, and people and communities need to be educated and supportive because at times in my community I did not feel like I was supported. 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 way. 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!