Albany mental health advocates invite locals to get active after COVID-19 lockdown with 2020 Walk for Awareness

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ARD's Sam Cook, headspace Albany's Natalie Jarvis, ACF's Sarah Moir and ARD's Tegan Stoney.
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Great Southern locals are being invited to take part in Albany’s 2020 Walk for Awareness to get active after COVID-19 lockdown and promote positive mental health.

Albany Community Foundation and headspace will host the walk which will set off from Emu Point on October 4.

People will have the choice of registering to walk 5km or 10km and are encouraged to complete the distance either by walking, riding or skating.

The walk will end at Eyre Park with family-friendly entertainment, a sausage sizzle and Albany Limousines and Charters running a free shuttle bus service from the finish line.

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Albany Community Foundation’s Stacey Murnane said it would be great to bring people together after months of isolation.

“Normally we’d have a homeless sleep-out in August to raise funds so we were looking for new spearhead event for the foundation and wanted to do something as we emerge from COVID-19 that is stimulating both physically and mentally,” she said.

ACF has partnered with Albany headspace with funds raised from the walk put towards a project at the end of the year.

Albany headspace manager Andrew Wenzel said there was still a stigma around mental health.

“It is promoting awareness of mental health and getting people talking about it,” he said.

“We know we need to manage our mental health in the way we manage our physical health, and we know that physical activity and being part of a group all help.

“It would have been a really tough year to be a Year 11 or 12 student. We know lots of these students have contacted us concerned about whether they are going to be able to fulfil their full potential.

“It’s going to be a long recovery post COVID-19 particularly for young people.”

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