Sarah McFarlane-Eagle is an ambassador for SANE Australia. In 2001, Sarah's brother Ben went missing in the Australian bush, during his final psychotic episode. His body was never found, although a death certificate was issued. Since then Sarah has been actively and passionately raising awareness of the complex and emotive issues surrounding mental illness. Sarah's brother Ben, was one of the millions of Australians who have or will suffer from mental illness at some stage in their lives.
Walking Feat is the name Sarah has chosen for her projects of awareness-raising. The name symbolises the Australian community walking together towards mental health. Her projects involve asking the community for support by joining her to raise awareness of the impact of mental illness. In conjunction with her efforts to inform, empower and improve the quality of life for all people impacted on by mental illness, Sarah uses long distance walks as a tool to help realise the vision of Australians walking forward together.
In 2011 Sarah is undertaking her third major project of awareness-raising. This project seeks to reach as many Australians as possible, via talks, community events, and the media, and asking the community to get involved. A central aim of this project is to encourage an open national dialogue around stigma, funding and other mental health issues.
Last year marked the tenth anniversary of Ben's death. Sarah achieved two goals in 2011 memory of her brother and for the benefit of the Australian community: she graduated from a Bachelor of Psychology with Honours and her vision of creating a grass roots movement came into fruition: Walking Feat became Incorporated!
SANE Australia is one of the leading charities supporting and assisting people effected by mental illness. Sarah heard about SANE Australia three months after Ben died, when it was too late. Her passion for promoting SANE Australia stems from her belief that it is an essential service. "SANE Australia is helping people on a daily basis, they need financial support so that they can continue their work, and keep helping people effected by mental illness. SANE Australia helps to change lives".
To read more about Sarah's vision, please click here