IAN DONALDSON RUNS INTO NEWCASTLE FOR WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY

He’s already run more than 900 kilometres as part of an epic journey from Brisbane to Sydney… and today mental health advocate Ian Donaldson hit Newcastle.

The leg coincided with World Mental Health Day.

Mr Donaldson wants to raise public awareness of mental illness.

“I hope that the main message is that there’s help available to people that are struggling with mental illness and that it doesn’t have to control your life.”