This is my fifth Ride for Youth. Growing up with a bi-polar mother had an enormous impact on my life and my families life. Both positive and negative. It has influenced my life's work and increased the odds of one of my four children suffering from a mental illness.
Mental illness affects 45% of the population with over 4 million Australians currently diagnosed with a condition. Suicide figures in our youth are increasing in line with mental health case statistics. As individuals and communities we need to do everything we can to arrest suicide rates by raising funds for research in mental health and effective acute community services such as those offered by Youth Focus.
I ride to pay it forward for my children and to contribute to a cause very close to my heart.
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