TOUGH NUTS: Amy Ratcliffe and Daniel Bennett compete at the 2018 Tough Mudder after raising $3000 for beyondblue.
TOUGH NUTS: Amy Ratcliffe and Daniel Bennett compete at the 2018 Tough Mudder after raising $3000 for beyondblue.

Shock suicide drives couple to tackle Tough Mudder

AUSTRALIA is losing too many young lives to suicide, and it seems no one is immune to the darkness of conditions like depression and anxiety.

The issues surrounding mental health can often be muffled by the pressures of modern life, but one Caloundra resident is giving her voice to the cause.

Amy Ratcliffe lost her beloved friend Shane Collins to suicide earlier this year.

She said the shocking news not only left her and fiance Daniel Bennett heartbroken, it rocked residents throughout the region.

When Mrs Ratcliffe first heard that mental health charity beyondblue would be the sole beneficiary of this year's Tough Mudder, she instantly signed up.

 

TOUGH NUTS: Amy Ratcliffe and Daniel Bennett competing at the 2018 Tough Mudder after raising $3,000 for Beyond Blue
TOUGH NUTS: Amy Ratcliffe and Daniel Bennett competing at the 2018 Tough Mudder after raising $3,000 for Beyond Blue

 

"That's what really stimulated us. If someone like Shane was in that situation, then anybody is at risk," she said.

The course was a gruelling 20km stretch of unforgiving high walls, mud crawls and other obstacles, but with the memory of Shane in the back of their minds, the pair said they never lost sight of focus.

"In the lead-up to the race we watched the video from Shane's service to remember why we were doing it," she said.

They successfully completed the course in just under five hours and, while they raised over $3000 that will be directly donated to the charity, the real achievement for the couple was bringing the mental health conversation into the public spotlight. If you or someone you know is experiencing mental health problems, phone Lifeline on 131114.

To donate to Amy and Daniel's cause, visit bit.ly/amytoughmudder.



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