Eastern Courier : January 14th 2011
www.easterncourier.co.nz Friday, January 14, 2011 Pedal ready: Dave Glossop will cycle from Bluff to Cape Reinga over 27 days to raise money for the Mental Health Foundation. Photo: NICOLA WILLIAMS Ride to a better life By NICOLA WILLIAMS A PHYSICALLY demanding ride will reflect the mental stamina required for the journey out of depression. Senior sergeant Dave Glossop is one of four cyclists who will set out on March 5 to complete a gruelling 2500km ride from Bluff to Cape Reinga. Ride Out of the Blue will raise money and awareness for the Mental Health Foun- dation to help people apply the same grit and determi- nation to turn their lives around. It is a cause Mr Glossop is particularly passionate about because he deals with the effect mental health has on domestic situations on a reg- ular basis. It's something the police are aware of as being a silent killer. We deal with a lot of suicides, particularly young men.'' He says depression doesn't discriminate. Mr Glossop jumped at the chance to combine his cycling obsession with campaigning for the issue that he says has undergone a positive cultural shift. I've been very happy to see John Kirwan's campaign in relation to depression and men's mental health. They are issues which are now much more widely spoken about,'' he says. It's been really encourag- ing to see the change in atti- tude, the subject is no longer as taboo.'' Mr Glossop is juggling a demanding schedule of cases at the Otara CIB with his training goal of 500km a week. One of the riders is doing the cycle in honour of two family members who took their lives and Mr Glossop has seen friends and col- leagues battle depression. Since becoming involved in this event it's prompted numerous conversations about depression and people have been opening up to me about their experiences.'' He says the ride will be a great way to see the country. I've done some endurance rides but to get up and do it day after day will definitely be a challenge. I also like to try and push the link between mental health and exercise -- I use cycling as my pressure valve.'' He says drawing upon all his reserves to complete the journey is a great analogy for depression. It's easier to keep your balance if you are going for- ward, as long as you keep turning the pedals you will get to where you want to go.'' Go to www.rideoutofthe blue.co.nz to sponsor Mr Glossop.
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