Walking miles for the mind

EXCITED: Students are looking forward to the Miles for the Mind walk-a-thon. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

EXCITED: Students are looking forward to the Miles for the Mind walk-a-thon. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

BENDIGO Senior Secondary College students have given an inch but will you contribute to their mile?

The year 12 senior personal development class is hosting the Miles for the Mind walk-a-thon as part of their community project, to raise awareness of youth mental health issues next month.

The class will walk around Lake Weeroona for two hours in the hope they will make an impact on teen issues.

The walk-a-thon was inspired by the Love Me Love You Foundation’s March For Me walk - an event which symbolises facing challenges with the support of others. 

Love Me Love You chief executive Lance Picionane held a workshop for students recently which highlighted the importance of increased awareness in combating mental illness. 

“Mental health needs to be talked about,” Mr Picioane said.

“Everyone has a connection, whether directly or indirectly, to a mental health issue.”

Everyone has a connection, whether directly or indirectly, to a mental health issue. - Lance Picioane

Headspace Bendigo manager Jenny Singe said events like the walk-a-thon are a great way of improving people’s knowledge and awareness of mental health issues.

“I think it’s fantastic,” she said.

The students are working hard to spread their message through signage, social media and word of mouth.

While giving back to the community, students have also had the opportunity to develop their confidence and leadership skills.

BSSC year 12 teacher Travis Matheson said projects like the walk-a-thon give students a sense of pride and ownership over what they are doing.

He said he hoped people will come along and support the cause. 

“The more people we get on the day, the greater we can spread our message,” he said.

A number of local businesses have generously donated items to the raffle, which will be drawn on the day.

The walkathon will start at 11am on June 13 at Lake Weeroona.

All proceeds made on the day will be donated to the Love Me Love You Foundation.

- CONTRIBUTED

Year 12 students set to raise awareness of mental health

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