Adam Knight knows what it feels like to battle depression.
However the Campbelltown personal trainer also knows how it feels to achieve your goals.
Mr Knight decided to set a goal and help break the stigma surrounding mental illness with a 24-hour treadmill walkathon to raise funds for beyondblue.
“After I was diagnosed with depression last year I set myself a personal challenge to raise awareness,” he said.
“This walkathon was just another way to challenge myself and help out a worthy cause.”
About 37 people joined Mr Knight at the Fit HQ Campbelltown event walking more than 600 kilometres total.
Mr Knight said he burned 6000 calories and only left the treadmill to stretch and take toilet breaks.
“It took a lot of mental endurance,” he said. “Having support also kept me going – I expected to be walking alone at night but my friends stayed with me. It was a humbling experience.”
The event raised more than $4000 for the mental health charity.
Mr Knight said exercise and physical activity were both helpful in fighting back against depression.
“It releases a lot of hormones and endorphins,” he said. “It’s also a great way to de-stress, embrace mindfulness and foucs on breathing techniques.
“It allows you to focus on positive things.”
Mr Knight said he was proud of the community spirit on display at the event.