Get on your bike to make mental health a priority

AWARENESS: Peter Warner from Worrigee, Eddie Fenech from Twin Waters South Nowra, Allan Grout from Bomaderry, David Wotton from Albion Park Rail, North Nowra publican David Kennewell and Barry Mathews from St Georges Basin get ready for the seventh annual Ride for Mental Illness Awareness next month.

AWARENESS: Peter Warner from Worrigee, Eddie Fenech from Twin Waters South Nowra, Allan Grout from Bomaderry, David Wotton from Albion Park Rail, North Nowra publican David Kennewell and Barry Mathews from St Georges Basin get ready for the seventh annual Ride for Mental Illness Awareness next month.

RIDERS are preparing for the seventh annual Ride for Mental Illness Awareness.

The ride will take place on August 10 with all proceeds from the day going to suicide prevention strategies.

Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention and Awareness Network (SSPAN) vice chairman Tim Hudman said the ride was in memory of founder, Don Dummett’s father.

“The ride was hugely successful last year and over $27,000 was raised,” he said.

“The members of SSPAN are all interested in reducing the impact of suicide in the area and to help build mental health awareness within the community.”

Mr Hudman said men were unlikely to seek help in comparison to women when it came to mental health issues and depression.

“The suicide rate is higher in males,” he said.

“The ride is about enjoying the day and to bring a greater connectedness and sense of belonging in the community.

“A sense of belonging is a protecting factor against suicide.”

The ride will follow the highway from Albion Park Showground at 8am to North Nowra Tavern where everyone will stop for lunch and live entertainment.

The ride will then continue to Jamberoo where a family fun day will be held.

The ride costs $20 per bike and registration is taken on the day.

For more information on the Ride for Mental Illness Awareness contact Tim Hudman or Wendi Hobbs on 4423 1784 or visit www.sspan.org.au or find it on Facebook.

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