Dragon recently had a little surf trip on the east coast of Aus where, like most team trips, they pulled their surfers together for some shred, but they also used the opportunity to workshop and talk mental health. Centrally, the idea that we need to destroy any stigma there is around asking for help when we feel we might need it. An important idea for a surfing community that too often buries our feelings under a rug of bravado.
And out of it has born their hashtag and message #DontHideBehindYourShades.
Give the clip a watch to see the likes of Owen Wright, Ace Buchan, Barney Miller, Kehu Butler, Caleb Tancreid, Xavier Huxtable and Noa Stocca do some serious shredding, and also talk about the importance of giving themselves the permission and power to speak out if they’re feeling shit, and listening to better recognise mental health issues in those around them.
If you or anyone you know needs help, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Headspace on 1800 650 890