Pedal power used to raise awareness

Peddling Tasmania to raise awareness and funds


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Charity ride: Brent Simpson, from HeavyHiterz in Devonport, is raising awareness of youth suicide and mental illnesses in Tasmania. Picture: Rebecca Morris

Charity ride: Brent Simpson, from HeavyHiterz in Devonport, is raising awareness of youth suicide and mental illnesses in Tasmania. Picture: Rebecca Morris

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Brent Simpson is riding around the state to raise awareness and funds for mental health issues and suicide.

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Tasmania's youth suicide rate is the highest in Australia and Brent Simpson is doing everything he can to reduce the statistics starting with a cycling tour of the state. 

 “I’m here to get the conversation started and speak up for those that can’t speak up for themselves because I understand what they are going through,” Mr Simpson said,

“I am a 41-year-old man, with type 2 bipolar I have been diagnosed now for more than 15 years, I grew up as a sexually and physically abused child, I lived on the streets, been in gangs and gone to jail.”

Mr Simpson is touring with HeavyHiterz, his not for profit organisation. 

“The idea of HeavyHiterz came to me while I was serving time in prison. Two men who were housed in cells next to me committed suicide while in segregation,” Mr Simpson said.

“We have started to break the stigma attached to mental illness by creating a family.”

HeavyHiterz slogan is ‘you are not alone’.

For more information, heavyhiterz.org.

The story Pedal power used to raise awareness first appeared on The Advocate.

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