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TOUGH MUDDER TEAMS UP WITH beyondblue TO SUPPORT MENTAL HEALTH

Only two months  to go until Tough Mudder Melbourne

Even the toughest of Aussies can suffer from depression and anxiety so in 2017 Tough Mudder is proud to announce beyondblue as its new official charity partner, continuing to raise awareness and support those who live with mental health conditions.

Partnerships and Marketing Director of Tough Mudder Australia, Paul Mudge said: “We are really thrilled to be working with beyondblue and have them come on board as our new official charity partner. It’s important we recognise that depression and anxiety affect a wide range of people. Anyone can have a tough exterior, but you never truly know how a person is feeling inside. By working with beyondblue we can bring to light the positive benefits exercise, team work and mate-ship have on mental health.

“So many of our Mudders who take part in our events do so to help others. If every person who took part in Tough Mudder this year raised just $10 for an important organisation like beyondblue, we’d be able to contribute more than $200,000 to raising awareness of the signs, symptoms and treatments of depression and anxiety and preventing suicide,” said Mudge.

The mental health conversation has come a long way in a relatively short time, but the latest statistics show how far we still have to go when eight people die by suicide each day – six of whom are men. When someone is having a tough time, the support of a friend can make all the difference: Tough Mudder believes in reaching out to our mates through camaraderie and teamwork to offer a helping hand and demonstrate nobody is alone.”

beyondblue CEO Georgie Harman said: “We are excited to be working with Tough Mudder as its official charity partner. We want every Australian to achieve their best possible mental health and exercise can be a great way to start. We know it boosts physical health, but it can also benefit mental wellbeing and exercising in a group is a fantastic way to make social connections,”

“Tough Mudder is all about team work and looking out for your mates and that’s what beyondblue encourages people to do when it comes to mental health; check in with your friends and family, especially if you notice they’re struggling with work, relationships or other aspects of life. Conditions such as depression and anxiety are treatable but often it’s that first step, asking for help, that’s the hardest.”

No matter your level of fitness, Tough Mudder is one to be conquered as it is not a race but a group challenge taken on with mates. The Tough Mudder Half is also available at all Tough Mudder events this year: an accessible yet rewarding challenge, it excludes the extreme obstacle elements like ice and electricity – making it the perfect course for new teams to get outdoors and give it a go together!

Tough Mudder 2017 will also see a range of new and upgraded obstacles that are guaranteed to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. New obstacles include: Augustus Gloop, Funky Monkey – the Revolution, Artic Enema – The Rebirth, and The Reach Around as well as a number of enhanced Legionnaire obstacles for the toughest of Mudders.

If you or someone you care about is struggling, you can talk to trained mental health professionals 24/7 via the beyondblue Support Service on 1300 22 4636, via web chat from 3pm to midnight (AEST) every night at http://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support or via email.