Push biking for Mental Health
Amy–Nicole Peters a Northern Beaches local, is self-described as "a girl with a bike and a dream to cycle from Perth to Sydney to make a difference."
With a quiet but enthusiastic determination, Amy–Nicole will cycle over 6,000km to inspire others facing challenges with mental health to be brave and ask for help.
Having lived with anxiety and depression for the majority of her life, Amy-Nicole now wants to help others suffering from mental health issues by raising much-needed funds for some of Australia's leading mental health organisations.
“I have lived with anxiety and depression most of my life, I have struggled with panic attacks, blurred vision and severe lethargy to the point where I was barely able to get out of bed, let alone ride a bicycle across a country," says Amy-Nicole.
"That’s why I want to share my experience – to show that overcoming the shame and stigma, having conversations about how we are feeling and more importantly if we are not coping; that those important conversations can result in getting help and support.”
If getting from Perth to Sydney under her own steam wasn’t enough, Amy–Nicole has also set herself a target of raising $25,000 for mental health organizations Lifeline, Beyond Blue, the Black Dog Institute and QLife. Four organisations she believes offer great resources and support for those suffering from mental health issues.
Amy–Nicole set off from Perth on Sunday the 27th August and be hitting the following towns:
Kwinana Beach, Mandurah, Bunbury, Busselton, Margret River, Beedelup, Pemberton, Parryville, Denmark, Albany, Raventhorpe, Esperance, Norseman, Madura, Eucla
Yalata, Ceduna, Streaky Bay, Port Kenny, Elliston, Wangary, Port Lincoln, Tumby Bay,Cowell, Whyalla,
Port Augusta, Port Pirie, Penwortham, Riverton, Adelaide, Swaanport, Coonalpyn, Tintinara, Naracoorte, Penola, Mount Gambier
Nelson, Portland, Port Fairy, Warrnambool, Princetown, Apollo Bay, Lorne, Torquay, Geelong, Melbourne, Warragul, Leongatha, Foster, Welshpool, Alberton, Stratford, Bairnsdale, Lakes entrance , Nowa Nowa, Cann River.
Eden, Pambula Merimbula, Bermagui, Narooma, Dalmeny, Bodalla, Moruya, Batemans Bay, Bawley Point, Lake Tabourie, Ulladulla, Huskisson, Shoalhaven, Werrie Beach, Kiama, Shell harbour, Port Kembla, Wollongong, Coledale, Stanwell Park, Kirrawee, Sydney.
If you would like to support Amy – Nicole Pushbiking for Mental Health – pushbikingformentalhealth.blogspot.com.au/