After witnessing the lack of mental health facilities available for students in the South West, one local teacher is making strides to raise awareness. Georgiana Molloy Anglican School head of VET Megan Grosse is embarking on the Zero2Hero Cape2Cape Trek later in March to raise money and awareness for mental heath and suicide prevention for South West youth. Taking place over five days and journeying 135km, the trek takes hikers from Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse to Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse. Ms Grosse said she hoped to inspire her students with her efforts. “I teach so I see first-hand that students are not having access to mental health practitioners here in the South West,” she said. “Kids are waiting up to two weeks just to get in at headspace or with a psychologist and we don’t have a school psychologist at the moment, she’s unwell so the kids are really missing out. “I want to show them that as adults we do hard stuff as well, that you never stop facing challenges and you’ll always find yourself in hard positions, but you’ll come out the other end.” Undertaking the challenge with her husband, Ms Grosse was first introduced to Zero2Hero after her son attended a camp in 2019. She said she found their message inspiring. “My son Marshall is in Year 12 at GMAS and he went on a Zero2Hero camp in 2019,” she said. “It was absolutely transformational to him and he has since been back as a volunteer and is now on the committee and board. “One of the things Zero2Hero talks about is talking to each other and communicating effectively to decrease stigma which is really good and there is a lot to take away from that.” The Grosse family is hoping to raise $4000 for the cause with an overall trek goal of $150,000. Donations can be made at https://www.mycause.com.au/page/265976/mandms.