An initiative by Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation, the Larapinta Trail trek took place in August, raising awareness and funds to support groundbreaking mental health research and to transform the lives of Australians affected by mental illness.

A group of 12 took on the task of trekking through Central Australia, with no more than a backpack of essentials. While the rugged terrain proved challenging, the beautiful landscape and the greater initiative provided plenty of encouragement throughout the journey.

Tom Caesar, reflects on the trip: “I walked into this trip having no idea what to expect. I walked away from this with a whole new perspective on life.

“We had a group of 12 people come together who barely knew each other and we walked away as a tight-knit family.

“It’s incredible what happens when you’re disconnected from the world and you connect with people and nature.

“Everyone has a story and having the time to listen and understand so many stories from amazing people was something I’ll hold onto forever.”

Tom highlights prevention and research as main drivers to combating mental health, something that resonates strongly with Tom.

“Everyone has been impacted in some way, either themselves or someone close to them with mental health.

“Prevention and research is the key so to everyone at Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation… keep up the amazing work!”

Tom raised close to $8,000, with the team achieving over $60,000. A tremendous achievement from all involved, with the funds going to a worthy cause.

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