Tom Geyer to run 217 kilometers for Australians with mental illness | The Murray Valley Standard
Tom Geyer will travel 217 kilometers during the month of October to help Australians with mental illness – an average of seven kilometers per day.
The Incredible Physical Challenge is part of The Black Dog Institute’s One Foot Forward and will see Tom run the equivalent of driving Keith to Adelaide.
Currently, one in five people in Australia exhibits symptoms of mental illness each year. About eight Australians kill themselves every day, which equates to around 3,000 deaths each year.
Mental illness does not discriminate, and for Tom he has seen firsthand the negative effects it can have on individuals.
“I still have a strong bond with Keith, and over the years there have been a number of young guys who have had mental health issues – unfortunately there have been some who have lost their battle,” did he declare.
While he has seen countless others quietly struggle with their sanity, Tom has long spoken of his struggles and often provided a shoulder to lean on.
“It’s crazy, I’m going to post something on Instagram regarding recording with someone, and when I get feedback I make sure to message them no matter what relationship I have. have with them, ”explained Tom.
“I’ve had some pretty amazing conversations with people who’ve been through different things.
“Checking in with people is incredibly important because at first glance a number of people are probably hiding something they don’t want to show you.”
Tom has already raised over $ 2,000 for his cause, and while he is incredibly grateful for all the donations he receives, the main motivation for him is to start crucial conversations.
“Raising money is not the determining factor for me because I don’t want people to shell out money at a time when most people don’t have money to hang around”, a- he declared.
“It’s about raising awareness and getting people talking about their mental health.”
In addition to hitting the pavement this month, Tom has a strong desire to launch mental health seminars across the country to help the many people who struggle with their mental health on a daily basis.
“This is hopefully just the start of something – I have been in contact with a few other organizations who want to help start these seminars,” he said.
“Having ties to a number of local sports leagues, I will be able to use it a little bit and stand in front of some people and chat.
“The long-term goal is to get funding and support so that we can bring in guest speakers and experts to talk to people.”
Life can be tough at the best of times, but over the past 18 months, the COVID-19 pandemic has added additional stress to the lives of many.
Regardless of what someone is going through, it is important to know that there are countless people, as well as organizations, who are available when someone needs them.
Tom, along with countless others across the country, are trying to break through the stigma associated with mental illness and hope to take one small step at a time.