Exercising to create a healthy headspace
MEETING young people with low self-esteem and mental health problems was the catalyst for Lola Turner to hit the ground running.
The owner of Jetts Mooloolaba and Nambour said taking time out to talk to youths made all the difference in improving their mindset.
"We get a lot of people coming into the gym who are a little bit wary, but when you sit down with them you find they have a lot of issues - they're depressed and can't get up in the morning," Mrs Turner said.
When she heard stories from staff about youngsters affected by suicide, she contacted headspace Maroochydore, a youth mental health foundation.
That was when the Minyama woman started the Run for a Healthy Headspace at the two gyms.
Staff and the community battled it out on the treadmill from 10am Saturday to 10am Sunday last weekend.
"We did over 1300km altogether between the two gyms," Mrs Turner said.
"Last year, Nambour won, and this year Nambour won again with 797km.''
The event raised more than $4000 last year for headspace Maroochydore. This year's proceeds are yet to be tallied.
Headspace Maroochydore centre manager Donna Allen said they had supported more than 600 people since February last year.
"What we see most is problems with anxiety and depression,'' Ms Allen said.
"We encourage youths to access support early on. There is no problem too big or too small.
"There are a lot more young people out there who need some support."
Anyone in need of help can phone the Kid's Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or Lifeline on 13 11 14.