Mental Health Week runs from Monday 8 – Saturday 14 October, 2017 to highlight the fact that one in five Australians are impacted by mental illness and help shine a more positive light on the issue.

Exercise and relaxation have been found to be the most powerful antidepressants available with a new study from Griffith University, published in Frontiers in Public Health, showing that physical activity in nature can prevent, delay, or alleviate the mental health components of chronic disease.

This comes as no surprise for Wild Women On Top Founder and Chief Adventure Chick, Di Westaway who’s built a career out of motivating women to get outdoors and improve their mental and physical health through exercise and hiking adventures.

“I know thousands of women who use hiking to improve their mental health. Hiking ticks more boxes for mental wellbeing than a gym workout or an urban jog because it’s natural movement in nature. When you’re outside you have the wind in your hair, sunshine on your skin, trees and birds and gorgeous views, all these things make us feel good inside. Throw in some girlfriends for a good bit of conversation and you have the perfect recipe for mental wellbeing.”

We need to embrace the fact that exercise and other lifestyle changes have been shown to improve mental health, and we need to make it easier for people to access them,” says Westaway.

To celebrate and demonstrate the incredible feeling a hike in nature can have on one’s mental health Wild Women On Top return Tuesday 10 October with another FREE hike along Sydney’s stunning coastline.

Starting 7am at Sydney’s iconic Opera House, the 5km coastal hike will loop though the enchanting Botanical Gardens. The hike offers Sydneysiders a fun opportunity to meet inspired, driven, like-minded women committed to experiencing the tremendous positivity hiking has on mental health.

Women can register for the FREE hike at www.wildwomenontop.com

Wild Women On Top are famous for their annual Coastrek events in Sydney, Melbourne and the Sunshine Coast. Coastrek is a team trekking challenge where participants hike either 30km or 60km’s to get happy and support charity. Since it began in Sydney in 2010, Coastrek has inspired more than 23,000 trekkers, mostly women, and raised nearly $20m for The Fred Hollows Foundation. It’s a great match because nearly 60% of the world’s blind are women.

Sydney Coastrek 2018 registrations are now open for a March 16th event in 2018. It is one of the state’s most popular adventure challenges because it’s not a race. 4,000 trekkers, (at least 50% female), will hike the beautiful beaches, bays and clifftops of Sydney Harbour from Manly or Kirribilli to Bondi to raise $2.8 million for The Foundation to continue its fight to end avoidable blindness.

To register for Sydney Coastrek 2018 head to www.sydney.coastrek.com.au