So imagine my surprise when I was invited to speak to 40 plus teenagers at Camp Hero which is organised by Zero2Hero, the WA-based not-for-profit organisation, and was met with outstanding individuals all on a journey to better their understanding about mental health. But not only to equip themselves with the skills to speak up when they themselves are struggling with stress, anxiety, depression, bullying, self-harm or suicidal thoughts. No, no.
This. Is. AWESOME!
As a young adult I got annoyed when a friend would want to borrow my dress in school, let alone spending a week of my time promoting self growth.
There’s every chance you’re yet to hear about Zero2Hero, the team that envisions a world where mental illness is dealt with openly and treated as a normal part of everyday life. I myself came across them when I was searching for a worthy cause to fund raise for – that time I thought 100 workouts in 50 days could be sorta fun.
I raised $1,250.00, I was sore and I ate A LOT!
But since becoming involved with this amazing organisation my eyes have well and truly opened. Because not only do these impressive beings dedicate their time but the mentors and volunteers are just as worthy of mention. They are everyday people taking time out of their daily lives to give back and help strengthen one of our most precious assets.
My day was spent talking to these bubbly go getters and their support system about my experience with anxiety, how I combat it, the importance of connection and then an hour of absolute fun doing various exercises and games. They SMASHED the partner wall sit challenge with the winning team surpassing the 7 minute mark!
And as I write this my eyes begin to well up because I can quite honestly say it’s one of the best things I’ve done in my life. I’ve never felt more a part of something extraordinary and my heart grew a little more from it.
And hell yeah, I’d do it all again in a flash!
I’ve remained in contact with Ashlee Harrison who recently took home the WA Youth Award (this woman is a force to be reckoned with) and I am excited to reveal that I’ll be working on a little something with her again in the future.
In fact I urge anyone who thinks they can help to support in any way to reach out via the website.
You won’t regret the epic experience had by contributing to this outstanding organisation, described perfectly by regular mentor Jarrad as “A window into how the world could be if everyone supported each other, removed their masks and judgments only to be their true self; willing to be open, vulnerable and courageous.”
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