More than 180 cyclists set the wheels in motion as they set off on the start of 700 kilometre journeys from Geraldton and Albany to Perth.
WA Mental Health Minister Roger Cook is aiming to be the first State Minister to complete the ride. The Minister will cycle 700km along the Great Southern and South-West coast over the next five days. He will visit high schools along the way and meet young people to raise awareness about youth mental health, and help reduce the stigma which surrounds the issue.
Mr Cook is also participating in The Hawaiian Ride for Youth to help illustrate firsthand the important connection between physical exercise and strong mental health.
One in four Australians aged 16 to 24 experience a mental illness. 75 per cent of mental health issues start before the age of 25.
The journey will take the Minister’s team, the WA Primary Health Alliance team, from Albany through Walpole and Pemberton and up to Busselton and Mandurah before they cycle into Kings Park on Saturday morning (March 24 2018).
Since its inception in 2013, the annual Hawaiian Ride for Youth has raised more than $17 million to support Youth Focus in assisting young Western Australians. In 2018, the ride hopes to raise more than $1.2 million.
For support, call beyondblue on 1300 224 636 for 24/7 free counselling, Lifeline in a crisis situation on 13 11 14, or join the discussion with other young people in one of ReachOut.com‘s online forums.
Source: WA Government