You may have seen this knockin about Facebook over the weekend and it’s truly amazing stuff.
Hugh Renton - a Christchurch local, Canterbury University student and rugby player - who over the weekend uploaded a video to Instagram of him sitting in an ice bath to show awareness to mental health in a different way.
Hugh, who has had mental health affect someone close to his family places himself in an ice bath of 2-degree water. Why? To do something that is hard.
Living with mental health is extremely challenging and extremely hard and that's why we need to face it with doing the same, do something that is hard.
Calling a psychologist and making an appointment is hard. Talking to a stranger about your vulnerabilities that you yourself might not fully understand is hard.
Through the video, he talks about how putting himself in an ice bath might look easy for him but it’s not, similar to mental health, people may look fine on the outside but inside they may not be.
If you have a moment today, tomorrow or the next day watch the full 10-minute video below, he puts things into such an amazing perspective.
Props to you Hugh, well done mate.
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