PSYCHS ON BIKES: Riding towards mental wellness in Rural Australia

19th Mar 2024

Psychs on Bikes, a team of motorcycle-riding mental health professionals, are gearing up to hit the road and bring vital mental health support to regional and remote communities across New South Wales. From April 6 to April 13, ten dedicated volunteers including psychiatrists, psychologists, and mental health nurses will embark on a journey through some of NSW’s most scenic routes, raising awareness about emotional distress and offering free health checks to local residents.
The initiative, spearheaded by psychiatrist and founder Dr. Joe Dunn, aims to address the significant burden of mental illness in rural Australia. With a focus on early intervention and prevention, Psychs on Bikes will provide screenings for common health concerns such as high blood pressure, diabetes and depression.
Dr. Dunn expressed the importance of proactive outreach in combating mental health challenges.
“We try to screen people for the four silent killers which are high blood pressure, diabetes, alcohol, and depression,” Dr Dunn said.
“By identifying these issues early on and providing access to resources and support, the team hopes to make a meaningful impact on the well-being of individuals and communities they visit.”
The Psychs on Bikes initiative embodies innovation, combining a passion for mental health advocacy with a love for motorcycle culture. Riding through picturesque landscapes, the team aims to spark conversations about mental wellness and reduce the stigma surrounding seeking help for mental health concerns.
As they journey through New South Wales, Psychs on Bikes invite communities to join them in promoting mental health awareness and fostering a culture of support and understanding. Together, they aim to create a brighter, healthier future for all Australians.
Psychs on Bikes are coming to Armidale Wednesday 10th April and are being hosted by the Armidale Visitor Information Centre. For a free health check, come visit the team from 2.30pm-5.00pm on the corner of Rusden and Marsh Streets. Afternoon tea will be provided.