Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Rocky Man's Amazing Run to Tackle Suicide

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Rocky Man's Amazing Run to Tackle Suicide

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Byline: Steph Allen Stephanie.Allen@capnews.com.au

WHEN Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington committed suicide in July this year, Rockhampton's Gavin Bendall was struck by how "the happiest bloke in the world" could have been struggling with depression.

"They'd just released a new album and he seemed like the happiest bloke in the world but inside things were just burning him up and it's the same thing with some of my mates," Mr Bendall said.

"Sometimes it takes a long time to be aware that something is going on because they put up a brave face and you think 'oh they're alright, they're going to be okay' and it takes one little thing and they have a breakdown and unfortunately a lot of them get to that point where, like I say, they take the wrong option."

Thinking about how his own loved ones have struggled with depression, Mr Bendall , 45, came up with the 'Run 4 Rest Run' idea, a tongue-in-cheek reference to the 'run, Forrest, run' calls he says he gets on his regular runs.

The charity run will see the born and bred Rockhampton local and cabinet maker run from Rockhampton to Yeppoon, Yeppoon to Emu Park, and back to Rockhampton.

"I wanted to do something to just raise a bit of awareness for depression and Beyond Blue, and Movember is very much about that stuff too," he said. "I do a lot of running and I think it helps with your mental state particularly with depression and... people struggle to sleep and exercising helps you get a bit of sleep.

"I just thought if people could get out and do a bit of exercise, maybe run around the block and then I thought 'well, running around the block for me is really nothing, so maybe I just make it a bigger block'."

The regular marathon runner has already raised over $300 for Movember and Beyond Blue, charities which raise money and awareness for men's health issues such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and suicide, and hopes to reach his target of $1000. …

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