In January 2016, I will walk 900km across India following the Kaveri River. I'm doing this to smash down the barriers and stigmas that surround mental health and to help you break free of your comfort zone.
I believe in the power of travel. Real travel. I believe travel is a tool that every person can use to take control of their mental health. I believe it gives you the perspective needed to find strength in your individuality and the confidence to realise anything is possible.
1 in 5 Australians are affected by mental illness each year with over half of the Australian population suffering from mental health issues at some stage in their life.
My goal is to raise $50,000 for beyondblue and awareness for mental health.
Tom Mackay – I’m no Mahatma Gandhi or Steve Moneghetti. I’m just a a guy from Sydney with no special talents or skills. I did once have a run in with Big Brother, my reality TV stint was about as long as my footy career. What I can tell you though is that I’ve struggled with these feelings of anxiety. It didn't make sense.
If you asked me to walk to Cronulla from the City I would look at you without a clue in what I was doing. Now I am about to walk 850km from the West to East Coast of India following the Kaveri River with nothing but my backpack and a few video sessions with Bear Grylls to get me prepared for the road ahead.