Gallagher broker Tim Hardy has successfully undertaken a 24-hour treadmill challenge to raise funds for Suicide Prevention Australia.
“I really want to get out there and help get people to talk about their mental health and feel more comfortable doing so,” he said.
“I don’t believe there is a stigma associated with mental illness any more, it is just about getting people to talk about it.”
Hardy raised over $4000 for Suicide Prevention Australia at the event, organised by Anytime Fitness and Suicide Prevention Australia. He was on the treadmill from 3pm Friday 25 May to 3pm Saturday 26 May, with a quick break in between to play a game of first grade hockey.
In 2013, Hardy was diagnosed with bipolar disorder so he is no stranger to the challenges surrounding mental health and wellbeing. He advises anyone struggling to seek help and open up about any issues.
“Everyone says talking is one of the best ways to deal with mental illness and I 100 per cent agree with that. If people talk, they aren’t going to bottle it up and they start opening up and once they do it starts to snowball.
“Talking is probably one of the strongest preventions and help that you can get, just from a self-worth point.”
Hardy also recommends understanding your own mental health as a way to move forward. “Do some research on your mental health, and understand what is going on with yourself.”
“Your number one priority is to understand you and your condition. Once you understand that you can accept it and start to feel more comfortable about it and you can then sort the treatment you need.
“No one knows how you feel and so every single treatment will be different for everyone.”
Hardy is no stranger to mammoth fundraising efforts, having been part of a team that walked over 250km from Bermagui on the New South Wales south coast, to the top of Mount Kosciuszko over four days in 2016 to raise money for Lifeline Canberra.
Last year, Hardy took part in a 24-hour obstacle course challenge and raised funds for RUOK. Both events were organised by the Chamberlain Foundation.
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If you need to speak with a professional regarding your mental health and wellbeing, call Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636.