Do you want to break the stigma and silence around depression as mental illness – then join the Hope Hike and Hope Bike to help raise awareness around depression as clinical illness with a family friendly fun walk or mountain bike trail. One in five South Africans suffer from a mental illness, with some waiting up to ten years before seeking help. Depression is an illness, not a weakness, and can be treated.
According to the World Health Organization depression has increased by 18% in the past ten years and is currently the third biggest global illness. Soon, in 2020, it will be the second biggest, and in 2030 the biggest. According to one statistic, worldwide almost 350 million people suffer from clinical depression, with almost one million per year who lose their lives to suicide. According to other statistics, depression costs the South African economy R218 billion and is the cause of 47% of early retirement and 32% of all sick leave. The individual suffering of those who have to live with a debilitating, paralysing, and sometimes fatal illness, however, cannot be described through mere statistics.
Therefore, the sooner you recognise the symptoms and seek help, the sooner you can manage the disease with the help of therapy and medication. To show you care, get walking and start talking! Join the Hope Hike and the Hope Bike to raise awareness of depression and make your contribution to break the silence and stigma surrounding depression and other mental illnesses.
The Hope Hike and Hope Bike is your opportunity to help break the silence surrounding the disease of despair, to raise HOPE, and to spread the message that without mental health there is no health. You can be an Ambassador of Hope throughout October by wearing your ‘sky-blue for hope’ awareness ribbon – and join us on the Hope Hike and Bike and wear something blue to show you care. Afterwards, enjoy the lovely eats and treats of the Blaauwklippen Sunday Market.
The Hope Hike and Hope Bike will take place on 15 October at Blaauwklippen, R44 in Stellenbosch. The Hope Bike fun ride provide a distances of 25km, while the Hope hike include a 3km, 5km or 10km route.
For more information visit www.iqela-events.co.za