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Mates to walk to spread mental health awareness

The Kalgoorlie-Boulder community will be Walking for Awareness of mental health and suicide prevention on World Mental Health Day next week.

Led by Mates 4 Mates Goldfields-Esperance, the walk marks the start of Mental Health Week and aims to create greater community awareness of mental illness and suicide prevention.

The group is hoping to see a great turnout from the community for the walk from 8am on October 10 at Centennial Park as a way to keep the conversation around mental health and speaking up, going.

M4M president Kathy Nikolaenko said the walk was a great way to reach a wider part of the community who may not be able to attend the rides held throughout the year, which spread the same message.

“Depression affects us all at some point in our lives so it is always important to keep the conversation around mental health going and remember to check in on our mates and reach out when we are not doing so well,” she said.

“Sometimes all we need is for someone to listen, not judge us, and guide us to a professional if we need that extra support.

“On October 10 let’s take the first step together as a community to remember loves ones we have lost to suicide and support those living with mental health.”

The walk will finish up in the park before registrations for the Something Pink ride and drive fundraiser for Breast Cancer Research Centre WA takes place in the park from 10.30am.

“What a great opportunity for us to show our support to those who have been touched by breast cancer as it is also something close to my heart,” she said, noting cancer diaganoses often lead to depression

To find out more about the walk, visit the Mates 4 Mates Goldfields-Esperance Facebook page.

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