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24th November 2022 | Read Time: 2 minutes

Meet Riley | Camp Hero Youth Story

Getting on the bus to Nanga camp with 40 complete strangers, with no phones or distractions, meant that by the time we got to camp after the two-hour trip, we were all talking and laughing like we had known each other for years.

On this camp, I got to know so many different people from so many different backgrounds and become mates with people that I wouldn’t otherwise have gotten to know. Camp hero has taught me so much about mental health and how to cope with mental illness. I truly am so grateful for the opportunity to be able to go on this camp, and would highly recommend anyone in years 10, 11 and 12 to apply to go.

Camp hero also taught me of the ‘stigma’ around mental health, especially in men. Men often don’t get behind each other as much as women do when one of us is going through a rough patch or is feeling depressed. This is why I strongly encourage blokes to go on this camp because most of the time guys won’t do things like Camp Hero because they don’t want to seem like a wuss in front of their mates. But I promise, it will change your life for the better.