SAVE A MATE
-STRENGTH THROUGH MATESHIP-
'you know what!
YOU don't have to hold a degree or have excessive amounts of money to spread a message of positive mental health throughout your locality or afar if that is what you wish.
YOU don't need thousands of followers via your social media platforms to make an impact or to motivate yourself to do something out of the ordinary. Spread a message of hope.
YOU don't even need recognition of the actions your doing.... you just got to do it... GIT ER DONE.
if you feel that there is a need to spread mate ship throughout your towns then go make that step. Become the person your town needs.
YOU don't need a certificate to say that you can now go and be a mate.... that said... if that's what will make you do it then message me and ill be happy to give you one to say GIT ER DONE.
go out of your way and talk to people within your locality and ensure they are okay. Be a mate to people around you.
if you do that then we are one.
if you do that then we are slowly going to be spreading out support web, we are going to create a more open and caring community and we are going to begin to save mates.
2018 marks the 10 years since the birth of Save A Mate which came as a positive grieving process of a mate of mine who took his own life far too early.
2008: I was a young 18 year old studying an Arts degree at James Cook University in Townsville.
the silly changes i went through that felt so needed at the time. like with most young adults finding their
path at university my first transition was from regular joe to this student who felt the need to express my
wisdom as a 19 year old and freedom of right hippie free loving baggy pants Cosby sweater wearing sort of bloke.. to master of rock climbing to hitting a wall one early morning when i was called by a pretty heartless and senseless reporter asking me questions of a mates death.
i found out my mate took his life via this reporter and needless to say my hippie free love sense of optimism changed to a darker spiraling lost sense.
i dropped out of university and moved home. And greived a mates death as any 19 year old would.
i felt lost, unsure of what the point of everything was and did not have many aspirations to going back to university.
at that time my brother had left his 50cc scooter at my folks house and i would ride it to my best friends house about 19 ks away.
it was such fun as he also had a 50cc scooter. we would race around town showing off to one and another... and this was really where my idea of grieving a mates death came to fruition.
i was feeling joy riding the bikes and one night at home i thought; i want to ride these bikes from Queensland to Victoria and have a laugh.
and thats exactly what happened. I remember walking into a mental health office in Gladstone and asking the woman at the front counter that id like to talk to someone who knows other mental health offices because i want to ride my bike this distance and be able to tell others why i am doing it.
i had a dream to tell others of my life story and of the grieving process i was going through and wanted people to see that they are not alone in their own mental health journey.
2009: it began! i convinced my best mate to come with me (which really wasn't too hard to do) and we left Gladstone as two young guns ready for an adventure. we rode out west of Gladstone towards Biloela and i went into the local school there to talk to high school kids on my own journey of life/ loosing my mate.
and that set the pace for the rest of the ride.
We would ride, stop, id talk and then we would camp and so on. Then towns people would tell others they knew that there were two kids going on an adventure and then that would open up further avenues to spread the message. We would then camp in our little shitty tents, freeze our arses off because of the cheap quality and then ride on again repeating the process where i would talk in towns on my grieving and then we would sleep cold and ride on.
this may not sound too fun but it was honestly an amazing experience. And one that would ignite a desire to see change. 'strength through mate-ship'. along that initial journey it became apparent that i was not a unique individual dealing with the loss of a mate, but in fact it was happening to people all around.
It honestly seemed that in every town we would stop in, i would hear a story of someone else who had lost their loved one or a close mate.
This is where the idea of Save A Mate was born. you see Save A Mate is not coming at you in the crisis level. it is coming in on the foundations. its spreading its support web from before a crisis becomes apparent.
Save A Mate is all about bringing us together by treating those around us as we would our mates because we would never let a mate go through hardship alone.
Save A Mate has been born out of my own hardship and through hearing of others hardship.
I feel the importance of being a close knit community is the key to assisting in others mental health before they reach a crisis level. if you can walk through your streets with an open heart and wide eyes capturing the feelings of those around you instead of being closed off to those within your community then you can be the mate to someone in need. you can assist the change in people not feeling isolated.
You can be a mate to someone who may just need one. YOU can Save A Mate.
As this is a pretty this is the 10 year marking i feel it is only necessary for Save A Mate to do something a little bigger.
And this year I will be riding from Brisbane to Melbourne via the usual westerly track following my nose as i go meeting and spreading the message of Save A Mate. and then instead of freighting the bike back.
the plan is to then ride along the coast from Melbourne back to Brisbane stopping in various towns as i come back.
exciting times ahead!!
BE THE MATE YOUR COMMUNITY NEEDS! don't isolate! be there, be caring. and if anything................ just be kind.
WHO ARE WE?
Save A Mate is about friendship, its about being a mate to those in need, its about not being judgemental to someone else and its about creating a bond within communities.