Step Change for Mental Health
In March 2022, Guy Sebastian and his best mate Tim Freeburn, will undertake to walk 500km from Wagga Wagga to Sydney to raise funds to put Aussie kids through an in-school mental health program.
In May 2021, a 12 year old girl from Wagga Wagga went for a walk and took her own life as a result of an incident of online bullying. Unfortunately, this story is not isolated.
Suicide is the leading cause of death for young Australians and the challenges young people face in school, on social media and in navigating adolescence can be overwhelming. We want to make sure all young Australians are given the opportunity to learn the psychological skills that will enable them to best cope with these life challenges at an early stage.
Guy and Tim believe we need to consider mental health an integral part of our kids’ education, which will give them the best chance to grow up healthy and happy.
The Sebastian Foundation supports an in-school, peer-to-peer program, Open Parachute, that uses clinically validated, research based, psychological skills-building exercises to boost resilience, self-awareness, and social responsibility in youth, and increases their connection and systems of support.
Every $30 raised as Guy and Tim walk for ten days the 500kms from Wagga to Sydney, will enable another child to participate in the program and, ultimately, prevent more lives lost to mental health issues.
Donate to the cause at https://sebastian.grassrootz.com/step-change or if you would rather do a direct transfer you can via:
Acc name: The Sebastian Foundation
BSB 062124 Acc: 11272363
Ref: SC [your name]
Your donation will appear on the Step Change fundraising tally if you email firstname.lastname@example.org with the details and your message of support for Guy and Tim!