Today's Karl Stefanovic on a country road trip to raise awareness for mental health

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Today’s Karl Stefanovic joins his Triple M radio star mate Gus Worland on a country road trip to raise awareness for mental health in regions hit hard by floods and Covid-19

Channel Nine’s Karl Stefanovic has joined friend and Triple M presenter Gus Worland on a road trip to raise awareness for those struggling with mental health.

Talking about the initiative yesterday during the star’s Today program, Karl, 47, said that the pair plan to visit regions in NSW and Victoria, hit hard by fires, floods and the impact of Covid-19.

The campaign, called Mateship Miles, also hopes to raise money for the not for profit mental health charity Gus founded, Gotcha4Life.

Mates: Channel Nine's Karl Stefanovic (right) has joined friend and Triple M presenter Gus Worland (left) on a road trip to raise awareness for those struggling with mental health

Mates: Channel Nine’s Karl Stefanovic (right) has joined friend and Triple M presenter Gus Worland (left) on a road trip to raise awareness for those struggling with mental health

Gus appeared during the segment and talked about the aims of the program, after giving his friend a big bear hug on camera.  

‘It’s all about building mental fitness and giving people the skills and the emotional muscle to have a conversation that we are not having in Australia,’ the radio star explained.

‘There’s way too many of us  worrying alone, way too many of us taking decisions to take their own life.’

Awareness: Talking about the initiative yesterday during the star's Today program, Karl, 47, said that the pair plan to visit regions in NSW and Victoria, hit hard by fires, floods and the impact of Covid-19

Awareness: Talking about the initiative yesterday during the star’s Today program, Karl, 47, said that the pair plan to visit regions in NSW and Victoria, hit hard by fires, floods and the impact of Covid-19 

Karl talked about how much he admired Gus for allowing people to open up to him.

‘I don’t know how you do it,’ he said.

Karl has shown tremendous support for his friend’s attempts to raise community awareness of the dangers of neglecting mental health.

In August Gus made controversial appearance on Today where he claimed more Australians were taking their own lives than dying of coronavirus  

Building hope: 'It's all about building mental fitness and giving people the skills and the emotional muscle to have a conversation that we are not having in Australia,' the radio star explained on Today (pictured)

Building hope: ‘It’s all about building mental fitness and giving people the skills and the emotional muscle to have a conversation that we are not having in Australia,’ the radio star explained on Today (pictured)

Gus went onto explain during that segment that the battle to control Covid-19 is resulting in more suicides than the virus is taking lives and demanded leaders get harder on enforcement.

‘Do you have any idea… how many people are taking their own lives? How many people who are depressed and anxious?’ he said.

‘Their numbers are bigger than the numbers that are dying through COVID. 

‘At what stage are we going to turn that narrative around and really find out what the real numbers are, which is Australians dying in a lot of other ways because of the lockdowns?’

In need of support? Contact Gotcha4Life, Lifeline on 13 11 14, Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636 or Kid’s Helpline on 1800 55 1800 

On the road: The new campaign, called Mateship Miles, also hopes to raise money for the not for profit charity Gus founded, Gotcha4Life

On the road: The new campaign, called Mateship Miles, also hopes to raise money for the not for profit charity Gus founded, Gotcha4Life

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