Torquay local swimming laps for life

February 9, 2024 BY

Mr Wilson Browne is using the mental health crisis as a key motivator for completing the challenge. Photos: NATHAN RIVALLAND

A TORQUAY local is hoping to make a huge difference next month by diving in to raise funds for youth mental health and suicide.

James Wilson-Browne, 29, is completing ReachOut’s Laps for Life challenge throughout the month of March.

ReachOut provide a safe, online place for young people to chat anonymously, get support, and feel better.

The Surfing Victoria staff member has challenged himself to swim more than 15km at RACV Torquay and to raise more $1,000 for the cause.

Mr Wilson Browne said personal experience and the “current mental health crisis” are key motivators for completing the mission.

“It [mental illness] and youth suicide has been on the rise lately, and something that has affected many of us on the Surf Coast,” he said.

James Wilson-Browne is completing Laps for Life next month.


“It’s a grim situation, particularly since the pandemic and its adverse effects on peoples mental, social and physical health.

“This challenge and being in the stillness of the water is a great way for me to give back and get behind a good cause.”

Mr Wilson-Browne encouraged anyone seeking support to speak up and think about using ReachOut as a mechanism for positive change.

“Reach Out are doing a fantastic job of concentrating on youth mental health and working to decrease youth suicide,” he said.

“Everyone knows someone going through something or is going through something themselves.

“Anything I can do to help change the statistics and save one person is definitely so worth it.”

To support the cause, head to lapsforlife.com.au/fundraisers/jameswilson-browne/laps-for-life

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