Rachel Baker

My Activity Tracking

173
kms

My target 277 kms

277km for 277 lives ♡

Did you know that 1 in 5 people experience symptoms of mental illness each year and 277 people die from suicide every month in Australia?

Mental illness doesn’t discriminate and can be debilitating with a devastating impact on not only those living with it, but those around them. I speak from experience and only months ago became so ill that I considered ending my life, not because I wanted to die or leave those people around me, but because my brain was finding a solution to the internal pain I was experiencing. Mental illness, depression, and suicidal ideation is a concept that often cannot be comprehended until you experience it. It isolating, confusing, and downright scary. It is an illness which requires years of treatment, takes medication, therapy and an immense amount of support and patience from those around you. It is an illness that is invisible to most who either don’t recognize the signs or don’t know what to say, so they say nothing at all. It is an illness that you internally fight every minute of every day and it can be mentally, emotionally and physically exhausting. It is a silent illnesses, a silent killer.

This October, I am sharing my story not for attention, but to raise awareness that mental illness can affect anyone, and everyone deserves the help I have been fortunate enough to access.

I’ll be walking 277km to raise money for life-changing research into treatment and prevention of mental illness, as well as vital support services. It would mean so much to me if you'd support my walk this October.

My Updates

It's ok to take no steps

This walk is for mental health and I am passionate about it because I am navigating my own mental health challenges. This week I have been stuck on the step of I can't do it and that's ok because the road to health is not linear. I have some amazing supporters including my husband who has seen my struggle and vowed to walk some km with me. This has been a major encouragement and has helped me to take the steps to I want to do it, and I feel with the support I will bound up those stairs all the way to the top!

Slow but steady!

It's been a tough week but I've got some km's started!

My Achievements

Thank you to my Sponsors

$262.50

Lance Baker

Very proud of you.

$84

Helen de Chastel

I’m so proud of what you’re doing. Love you my friend.

$68.25

Lauren Nguyen

$68.25

Lexie Coop

Great work Rach, can never have too many people talking about and sharing their stories on mental health. Good luck with the walking!

$68.25

Graham Ramsay

$52.50

GREG

I am very proud of you.

$52.50

Christopher Cooper

Step by step …. Sing with me - you are still one of the most amazing people I have ever met. I will walk a mile in your shoes, if they match my bag. Haha.

$52.50

Jade Nelson

To the bubbliest, bravest, beauty ❤️

$52.50

JEANINE SMITH

Good Luck - so proud of you.

$50

chloe

so proud of you! x

$50

Courtney Innes

$40.95

Jo Spirou

Cheering you on! 👏

$31.50

Montana

I’m so proud of you🤍

$20

Phoebe

Well done, great way to share your journey and help others

$20

Anonymous

Good luck with your challenge. You're stronger than you know.

$15

Danni

Keep going!! You've got this. 💚