1.Today is World Mental Health Day, and hundreds of people hit Bondi Beach in Sydney to celebrate life.
2.It looked AMAZING!!
3.One Wave is a surf community that holds weekly #FluroFriday sunrise meet-ups at Bondi and other Australian beaches.
4.“Fluro Friday started in March 2013," said One Wave organiser Sam Schumacher.
5.One Wave spreads a message of awareness and support for people experiencing mental health issues.
6.Every Friday morning at beaches on Australia's east coast, people gather to raise awareness of depression, anxiety and bipolar. AND GO SURFING!
7.One Wave started with a board meeting in the water, where people dressed up in business clothes and came surfing. It morphed into fluro.
8.Why fluro? "It opposes the dark doom and gloom colours of depression," says One Wave's Joel Pilgrim.
9.Today's plan was to create Australia's largest fluro wave.
10."We had a dream of creating Australia's largest fluro wave to support #worldmentalhealthday." – One Wave's Facebook.
11."...at 07:00 this morning YEAAH WE DID!!"
12."We are absolutely blown away by how many legends came down to help raise awareness of mental health and kick the stigma behind it being a taboo topic."
13."We had 200+ people down there in fluro, who paid tribute to all the good people we have lost to mental heath issues and showed support for anyone going through a funk and their family and friends."
14.WHAT A WAY TO MAKE AN IMPACT!!!
15.After listening to speeches, attendees fanned out along the beach.
16.Joined hands with the people next to them.
17.Friends or random strangers/new friends.
18.And then made Australia's largest fluro wave!
19.FLURO MEXICAN WAVE!!!
20.“Our message is that it’s okay not to be okay," says One Wave's Joel Pilgrim. "Mental health is real, so let’s talk about it."
21."This is a supportive environment, what better place to admit it and work through it.”