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"A supportive community with a positive outlook for mental health" - Maggie Reynolds President 2022

Who we are.

An initiative led by students dedicated to smashing the stigma surrounding mental health, Civic2Surf aspires to strengthen the emphasis of youth perspectives, to allow young people to take charge

of their stories.


Civic2surf is a unique event. It sees a group of students from the ANU undertake a 360km relay-style run from Civic in Canberra, to Bondi Beach, Sydney in under 24 hours to raise funds for batyr.


Established in 2011, batyr is an organisation which advocates for open and honest conversations about mental health with young people in order to give a voice to the elephant in the room - mental health. This organisation also focuses on preventative education for youth mental health, by training young people to speak about personal experiences with mental health and start a conversation in their community, whether that be their school, university or corporate area. The programs aim to continue the conversation around mental health and “smash the stigma” by letting young people know it’s “ok to not be ok”.

What we do.

At Civic2Surf we hold trainings twice a week as well as monthly pancake breakfasts and Barbeques. This is just a few things we do, we engage with a range of Canberrans to bring exciting events and people to campus.

Most notably this year we invited David Pocock to join us for a training session and a discussion on the importance of smashing the stigma around mental health.

Our main event of the year is the Civic to Surf run which sees 60 runners run from Civic in Canberra to Bondi in Sydney. 

If you would like to join our community and participate in these fantastic events please subscribe to our news letter and check out our upcoming events. 

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