Mates on the Road in Tassie

On the road: (l-r) The Hills councillor Robyn Preston, Philip and Sue Waesch, Riverstone RSL general manager Matthew Dawson, Mates On The Road patron Dr Jim Taggert, and Hans Islet and Dave Motte.

On the road: (l-r) The Hills councillor Robyn Preston, Philip and Sue Waesch, Riverstone RSL general manager Matthew Dawson, Mates On The Road patron Dr Jim Taggert, and Hans Islet and Dave Motte.

CASTLE Hill residents Philip Waesch and David Motte will tour Tasmania this year to raise money and awareness for mental illness.

The pair have entered Mates on the Road and will join a group of riders who will be visiting communities in Tasmania to fundraise for the Black Dog Institute, an organisation dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by mood disorders.

Mates on the Road member Mr Motte said he dealt with depression in the past through his sisters.

"I personally don't suffer from depression but I do have two sisters who have gone through that certain period," he said.

"I know exactly what they're going through."

The men highlighted the importance of talking to family and friends that may suffer from a mental illness.

"All it takes is for someone to just say, 'How you going?'," Mr Waesch said. "That can add up to a conversation."

Mr Waesch said there are informative websites for those suffering from a mood disorder.

"A lot of people won't go to the doctors," he said.

"But they can get onto the Black Dog Institute web page and research how they're feeling and there's a test there they can do."

The group will travel through Tasmania and, when practical, will couple their travel with fundraising events.

The journey will start on November 2.

■Donate: makingadifference.com. 

To learn more about mental illness and the Black Dog Institute: blackdoginstitute.org.au.

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