Mental health has always been a top priority for me. From the keynote speaking work I do with schools and companies to supporting my own family and friends, I believe that fostering good mental health is essential to living a better life.
It’s why I’m going the extra step further in my race at the Norseman to raise money for mental health.
Today, I’m proud to announce that zero2hero, a youth mental health charity based in WA, has partnered with me for this campaign.
Mentoring the next generation of youth mental health leaders
This isn’t the first time I’ve worked with zero2hero. In 2014, I was given the opportunity to volunteer for one of their most impactful programs, Camp Hero.
The goal of the camp is to educate and empower young people to promote good mental health in their communities.
I admit that I was a bit hesitant at the start – why should I spend my free time with a bunch of annoying teens?
However, the one week that I spent with them ended up changing my life.
One of the days that stood out to me was when we had a kayaking activity. I was teamed up with one of the girls and we had a blast, just laughing and being completely present together.
Later that night when everyone was sat around the campfire sharing stories of their day, she said that that was the highlight and she wished her father would do something like that with her.
Never have I seen young adults become so open and vulnerable with each other within a short period of time. Here was a group of young leaders who were now equipped to help their friends back home and, over time, reduce the stigma around mental illness.
Giving back 6 years later through the Norseman
Since Camp Hero, I have always given my time whenever possible to support the work that zero2hero does.
I recently completed my Mental Health First Aid certificate through Northern Star Resources, one of my key sponsors for my race in the Norseman.
Being able to provide first aid to someone struggling with a mental illness is an invaluable skill to have, and one that I believe all young leaders should learn too.
According to a joint report by Mission Australia and the Black Dog Institute, more than 75% of mental health issues develop before the age of 25.
If we can act now to support our kids, we can save countless lives from being taken by suicide.
Part of the funds raised by my race in the Norseman will be used to send more youth to Camp Hero and enable zero2hero to host more camps each year.
It is our vision that programs like these will start a snowball effect, where more kids will feel confident to reach out and support one another from the ground up.
To make this a reality, I am counting on the support of people and businesses like you.
Whether you can share this story with friends and colleagues or donate to zero2hero, I would be incredibly grateful.
To learn more about brand partnerships and becoming a key sponsor for my race in Norseman, check out my Sponsorships page or get in touch with me.