When Sally Fletcher first started Sally's Ride 17 years ago, people told her that she shouldn't talk about mental health.
Now, the event is one of the most successful charity fundraisers in the state's North.
About 400 riders took part in Sunday's events which included a 160-kilometre ride, a 100km ride, a 70km ride, a new community ride and a family ride.
The 70km riders are off for their Sally’s Ride event to raise funds for @staychatTY. A bunch of 160km riders left about 6:30am, with other more accessible rides for families happening throughout the morning. About $20,000 is expected to be raised. @ExaminerOnlinepic.twitter.com/sOqLRNWEZi— Tarlia Jordan (@tarliaj14) November 30, 2019
Ms Fletcher said discussions about mental health had changed since the ride's inception.
"We need to be able to help people who need help with mental health. It's really, really changed and now people are talking about it all the time. They tell me their stories," she said.
"It's very real."
All funds raised from the ride will be donated to Speak Up Stay ChatTY, with the tally expected to be more than $20,000.
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The charity's community engagement officer Tash Cloak said the money would be used to roll out a work place initiative to work with businesses and cultivate stronger connections. An animation is also being developed by the charity to demonstrate what mental health is at a basic level for everyone to understand.
"We're also starting a youth advisor role, which is amazing. It's really getting back to the youth ... and making sure there are no gaps in between us and the youth that really need our support," she said.
Ms Cloak said a big goal for the charity is to let everyone know that mental health is everyone's business.
"We all have a role to play when it comes to supporting others and ourselves," she said.
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