A local Bundaberg business manager will commute to work on foot and bike from Bargara to West Bundaberg this week for mental health.
Kicking off on Monday, 18 October, Sugarland Animal Hospital Manager Greg Goldsworthy will be completing a 200km journey across five days to raise awareness of the mental health crisis within the veterinary industry.
“Veterinary professionals are four times more liklely to commit suicide then the general public,” Mr Goldsworthy said.
“With an international vet shortage taking place and an increase in pet ownership, the demand on the veterinary industry is at an all time high.”
“That's why I’ve committed to run, ride and walk to and from work every day for a week in order to raise awareness for mental health in the veterinary industry, as well as promoting the important role physical exercise has in improving mental health.
“With a total distance of over 200km to cover across the five days, I will push my mental and physical limits to shed light on this important cause.”
Greg’s commute will consist of a 20km journey from Bargara Beach to Bundaberg West each morning and afternoon from Monday 18 October to Friday 22 October.
Greg is also endeavouring to raise funds along the way to support Love Your Pet, Love Your Vet which is a registered charity working in the veterinary mental health space to reduce suicide and improve mental health within the industry.
The journey will be documented by local film-maker Michael Andersen from Newearth Media and put together as a promotional piece to raise awareness about the suicide crisis facing the industry, to implore people to treat veterinary staff with kindness.
“In Australia currently, a vet commits suicide every 12 weeks.
“It’s essential the community are aware of this crisis and remember veterinary staff are only here to help and need to be treated with respect,” said Mr Goldsworthy.
If you or anyone you know needs support contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.
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