Aaron Worboys and his partner Mikaela Rutter at their home in Ballina after national media blowup on Aaron's Mt Warning rescue.  Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star
Aaron Worboys and his partner Mikaela Rutter at their home in Ballina after national media blowup on Aaron's Mt Warning rescue. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star Marc Stapelberg

Mt Warning PTSD hiker brings awareness to forefront

A HIKER and former soldier, who made headlines recently after suffering a post-traumatic stress episode on Mt Warning, is fundraising to get the word out about mental health.

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Aaron "Dogga" Worboys was hiking on Mt Warning last month when he became unable to continue due to a PTSD attack.

He was rescued by Tweed District Rescue Squad and the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.

The Tweed squad initially said Mr Worboys's rescue was due to him being overweight, unfit, exhausted and dehydrated, however the real reason behind Mr Worboys's need for rescue was later revealed, sparking a huge conversation about PTSD awareness.

Mr Worboys has a Facebook group for people suffering from various mental health conditions, ;IGY (Pause, I've Got You), and is now asking for help to continue the awareness work.

"Hi all thanks everyone for your support over the last few months, since the media articles broke a week ago about my PTSD episode on Mt Warning I have been asked by numerous kind members of the community to do stalls etc to help get the word out," Mr Worboys said.

"As ;IGY is currently all my own personal funds some members have suggested to set up a GoFundMe page to help with costs, Marketing, advertising and stall set up costs.

"Anyway here it is, but please only donate if you can afford it."

You can help support ;IGY here: https://www.gofundme.com/zvxwnx2c



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