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Coastrek sees locals step up for mental health

The local businesswomen who took part in the recent Coastrek.

Two local women took almost 40,000 steps for mental health as part of their 30km Coastrek which saw them raise over $2500 for Beyond Blue.

The team, Steppin Up, was made up of Gina Hansen and Sarah Rehbein, along with Jodarna Meade and Madeleine Rehbein who all took part in the coast trek which challenged them to complete a 30 km walk.

Coastrek is a fitness team trekking challenge which happens across Australia in which participants hike 30km to support the three million people in Australia living with anxiety and depression, and those affected by suicide.

Gina Hansen, who owns Nurtured Minds Therapy, said the opportunity to take part in the Coastrek meant she could raise awareness for a cause close to her heart.

“It is so special to be able to come together with likeminded people who share a passion for a cause,” Gina said.

“Both Sarah, who runs Sarah Rehbein PT and I work with people every day who struggle with their mental health.

“We feel blessed to be able to unite and raise money for such a wonderful cause in Beyond Blue which is such an amazing organisation and they support so many Australians to improve their emotional wellbeing.”

The ladies at the finish line of the coastrek.

Gina said it is important that if you know someone who may be struggling, to encourage them to prioritise their mental health.

“If someone you love is suffering, show kindness and patience and try to get them support as it is essential that people prioritise their own mental health,” she said.

“Mental health does not discriminate and we should all be kind to each other and look out for others.

“It is also important that people realise that physical movement can dramatically improve your mental health.”

With each contact to the 24/7 Beyond Blue Support Service costing around $48 to answer, you can donate to the team here for the next week.

Donations will help connect people with immediate support, advice and referrals wherever they are.

You can find out more about Coastrek here.

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