By the time young Australians reach the age of 25, almost 30% of them would have experienced serious mental ill health requiring professional support. Mental illness is debilitating and destructive, causing immense suffering for individuals, their families and friends. Only one in four young Australians with mental health issues currently seek and receive appropriate professional support.

The National Youth Mental Health Foundation, headspace, is designed to make it as easy as possible for a young person and their family to get the help they need for problems affecting their wellbeing. Research shows that 75 per cent of mental health disorders emerge before the age of 25. By treating these issues early and providing a holistic model of support, the risk of them developing into more serious problems, including suicide, is greatly decreased. Driving young people and their families to a single front door through headspace ensures they get the support they need, regardless of the mental health issue the young person faces. Since it was established in 2006, headspace has supported tens of thousands of young people and their families through direct clinical services and thousands more through health promotion and community awareness activities. The success of headspace has been recognized internationally, with the model being replicated in other countries. headspace is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health under the Youth Mental Health initiative.

To assist headspace in their important work, a group of middle-aged (some say old) men, of various shapes and sizes, will attempt to ride their bikes from Sydney to Noosa, a distance of 1100 kms, in just six days. They seek to heighten awareness of headspace and raise money to support the critical services they provide for young Australians.

The Cycle4Life Team will depart Sydney, on September 13th and arrive in Noosa on September 18th 2015.​

Groundbreaking Australian study finds thousands of children and teenagers suffer mental illness - Sydney Morning Herald, 7 August 2015

Hundreds of thousands of Australian children and teenagers are experiencing serious mental health issues, but many parents have no idea what is going on, according to a groundbreaking national survey.

‘The chief executive of youth mental health group Headspace, Chris Tanti​, said the sheer size of the problem meant more services were needed. "We are talking about five or six hundred thousand children, and we are currently seeing 60,000 and when we scale up it will be 120,000, so we are just scratching the surface of this thing," he said.’

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