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We’re for men

Friday, 5th October, 2018

The Psychs on Bikes at the former Drive In yesterday as part of their aim to provide mental health checks to men in regional and remote areas. PICTURE: Emily Roberts The Psychs on Bikes at the former Drive In yesterday as part of their aim to provide mental health checks to men in regional and remote areas. PICTURE: Emily Roberts

Psychs on Bikes rolled into town yesterday afternoon to perform mental and physical health checks on men in the city.

They were based at the old Drive In thanks to Christine I’Anson who helped organise the event locally.

The group of motorcycle-riding mental health professionals set off on their journey across the Nullarbor, visiting eight remote towns by motorcycle to provide free health checks to people in local communities.

The organisation not only raises awareness of rural mental health, but also provides education and support to local health practitioners.

The group stopped in town to conduct free men’s health checks aimed at getting men to open up about their emotional struggles.

The not-for-profit organisation, started in 2011 when Founder and Sydney psychiatrist, Dr Joe Dunn was inspired by his own journey crossing the Nullarbor on his motorbike. 

Dr Dunn identified the reduced access to care in remote areas in Australia and felt propelled to address this unmet need.

“We are motorcycle-riding mental health professionals targeting rural and remote mental health especially male suicide rates in the bush,” Dr Dunn said yesterday.

“We do a couple of big rides every year. By the time we get to Sydney, we will have ridden 40,000 km.

“This has been the wettest ride yet. We’ve had a rain cloud following us from Perth.”

Dr Dunn said thanks to generous sponsorship they are able to travel to towns to raise awareness and perform health checks.

“We meet with local mental health professionals and have conferences amongst ourselves.

“We try to interact with the community as much as we can.

“We come back from these rides buzzing. It’s exhausting but also satisfying.”

Dr Dunn said he was grateful to local Christine for getting donations, setting up accommodation and providing a base for the health checks.

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