What is the Wellness Walk?
We all go through tough times. If you’ve ever been through one, you’ll know it’s the love and support of others that pulls you through and lifts you up. It makes all the difference.
Mental illness is a tough time experienced by 1 in 5 Australians. 1 in 5. So chances are someone in your life is living with it, perhaps openly, perhaps privately. For some it’s one episode, for others a severe and life-long challenge.
Open discussion creates understanding. The more we understand the more compassionate we are, the better the lives of all those affected. The Wellness Walk raises awareness about mental illness. This wonderful event brings together people from all walks of life in a positive, active and fun environment because together we make a difference.
Why a Bridge Walk?
Walking reflects that living with mental illness is a one-step-at-a-time process. Crossing Sydney Harbour Bridge together signifies bridging the gap, moving from stigma to understanding. Walking side by side shows solidarity and support for everyone who is suffering.
Walking provides incredible health benefits including feel-good endorphins to reduce depression, stress and anxiety. Walking with a friend or group helps banish feelings of isolation and loneliness. Walking boosts circulation and helps lower blood pressure. It loosens stiff joints and eases muscle tension. It lowers the risk of heart disease, tones the body and keeps weight in check. It helps manage osteoporosis and improves balance and coordination. It even provides vitamin D if you walk in the sunshine. Wow! All that just from walking!
Who Benefits from the Funds Received?
The Wellness Walk raises money for several charities including the Sunflower Foundation. The sunflower is a symbol of hope and the foundation cares for people living with mental illness and their families by providing compassionate services and much needed support. The foundation delivers its services through the Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW.