By Darrin Manuel felt there was nothing to live for, something which resonated strongly with me as I had felt that way many times.
“Following these incidents I decided that something had to be done to help people living with mental illness so they never felt inclined to pay the ultimate price.”
Brent admitted that the grueling ride would also force him to face his own mental demons, but said that so Road on Tuesday afternoon, and said he was instantly struck by the city’s history and beauty.
“Before the sun went down I was mesmerised as I came into town see- ing those big satellite dishes, then we got into town and there’s these mounds for miles,” he said.
“The history here is phenomenal, taking in the environment it’s like the place has stood still for 100 years. A life of hardship and misun- derstanding might make some men bitter at the world, but for Brent Allchorn-Simpson, it has only fuelled his desire to help others.
The towering, heavily-tattooed former bikie recently embarked on a world-first bicycle ride from the Gold Coast to Perth to raise aware- ness for mental health through his not-for-profit organisation, Heavy Hiterz.
The subject is one close to his heart as he had to overcome a trau- matic childhood and youth, and now lives with Type 2 Bipolar disorder.
As a child Brent was mentally and physically abused, and before long found himself serving stints in juvenile detention centres.
He then fell in with a bad crowd, far the trip had been an enriching experience.
“Every day’s a battle, but part of the ride is to show people that you can achieve great things while living with mental illness,” he said.
“We can get up and get through each day, as tough as it can be.”
He said he was kept in high spirits by making connections along the journey and chatting with others who are struggling day to day.
“I’m mentally in a good place ... you’re trying to let people know they’re not alone, and I get to take a bit of that with me and think ‘I’m helping someone else.’
“That tends to override where my head is at personally, it’s inspiring to connect with others.
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