Kiteboard For Life Australia (KFLA) was established in 2014; its purpose is to increase awareness of depression and suicide and in conjunction with beyondblue raise over one million dollars to help those affected. One Kiteboarder intends to circumnavigate Australia; the longest journey ever undertaken: stopping along the way talking to individuals and communities alike.
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BeachReach is a free gathering for members of the community to discuss and find support for good mental health whilst meeting new people within their local area.
It’s main aim is to start the conversation around depression, suicide and other mental health issues that surround our everyday lives and promote healthy outcomes.
The intention is to meet at a local beach, bring our kites, stand up paddle boards, footy or what ever it is you like to do on the beach reserve.
The objective is to give each other a chance to meet new people and try something new.
Dogs under good supervision are welcome too. BBQs are a fantastic way to start conversations as food has a way to relax many and is a very social event.
People can bring their partners and/ or family and friends to any BeachReach gathering.
We feel by getting the conversation going we will be able to reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues.
Normalising such issues will undoubtedly lead to a community better equipped to be on the look out for others that maybe suffering.
The ultimate goal is to leave our legacy as we circumnavigate Australia and ask each community to host these gatherings on a regular basis as an ultimate goal of reducing the ever growing suicide toll in Australia.
Each person bestowed the role of starting their local BeachReach will given a flag with the BeachReach logo so that they can be distinguished as newcomers arrive and a general recognition within the local community.
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Our focus at KFLA will be Depression Doesn’t Discriminate (DDD). Depression and anxiety can affect anybody at any age and it is estimated over 45% of Australians will experience a mental illness at some stage of their life. There are many trigger points that cause depression, and there are many ways to recover and stay well. At KFLA we aim to get the message out there, if you or someone you know is suffering from depression or anxiety we urge you to seek help. We want to support helping reduce cases of suicide by providing information and letting those affected know help does exist.
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