Halls Head local takes on several challenges to raise funds for suicide prevention

Luke Johnstone is completing several 24 hour challenges over the next seven months, his first being a run to Perth and back, to raise funds for suicide prevention. Photo: Supplied.

Luke Johnstone is completing several 24 hour challenges over the next seven months, his first being a run to Perth and back, to raise funds for suicide prevention. Photo: Supplied.

Luke Johnstone is taking fundraising to new heights as he plans on completing a different 24 hour challenge every month for seven months to raise awareness for mental health.

As Luke grows a moustache from April to November he is simultaneously completing several physical and mental challenges to help "raise awareness, and create a message of hope and inspiration".

With calls to Lifeline WA increasing by 51 per cent during the COVID-19 lockdown and suicide expected to rise due to social distancing restrictions Luke had a desire to raise awareness for mental health.

"If we reported the numbers of deaths by suicide side by side with the current pandemic it would be fairly alarming," he said.

"I aim to work with some organisations to recognise individuals who need the support and guidance privately through counselling to help them on their own journey with mental health.

"Also to help people realise that they can reach out to organisations or their friends and family not only if they need to but if they want to."

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Luke threw himself into the deep end for his first challenge over the weekend as he ran to Perth and back, a total of 160km, with no previous training.

Since kicking off his fundraising campaign last week, he has already surpassed $1600 in donations.

"Every penny helps. We have had a lot of support already so hopefully it helps people become aware that we do care about their mental health," Mr Johnstone said.

"If we can save one individual from being a statistic then I will consider it a success."

For more information on the fundraising initiative or to donate to the cause, visit: #Moformentalhealth