Ride Alongside is a 5-day, 580-kilometre cycling event from York to Hyden to Collie to raise the awareness of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression and other mental health conditions experienced by emergency services sustained in the line of duty.
The goal of Ride Alongside is to bring people together, foster a culture of mental health awareness within emergency services and the wider community. Riders will illustrate through their own experiences the benefits of good mental health and how it is okay to seek help with personal struggles.
Ride Alongside will test the physical and mental endurance of riders and their bikes. Ride Alongside founders Jason Barnes and Rob Seaman felt the need to raise community awareness of the trauma faced by emergency services on a daily basis, having seen it firsthand and the seed for Ride Alongside was sown.
Ride Alongside will also shine a spotlight on the benefits of starting conversations about our mental health with those around us and the essential need for resources and support services for partners and families of those serving on the frontline in Australian emergency services organisations.
Ride Alongside will pedal its way through many Wheatbelt, Great Southern and South West communities stopping along the way to start that conversation and publicise the resources and support services available.