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ASB MAGAZINE: In August last year, Dragon brought together team riders from all over Australia and NZ for 3 action-packed days of surfing, hanging out at the Surfing Australia High Performance Centre and  participating in a LIVINWell mental health workshop. run by Co-Founder, Sam Webb, and LIVIN  ambassadors. Featuring the likes of global athletes Owen Wright and Ace Buchan, as well as regional  up and comers Kehu Butler, Xavier Huxtable, Caleb Tancred and Noah Stocca, Dragon’s, Mental Team Trip  campaign aims to normalise the conversation around mental health in our community.

The key message behind the edit – #Don’tHideBehindYourShades – aims to encourage you to speak up  if you’re struggling, and check in regularly with your mates and family.

“I had to have something significant happen to me to realise that it’s ok to talk about it and ask  for help” says Owen Wright, speaking openly to team during the trip about his personal battles  managing his mental health over the past 18 months.

The more we talk about mental health, the easier the conversation becomes, with the positive impact of being open about mental health evident even on the trip itself with Caleb Tancred reporting,”hearing them open up makes you feel like you can open up too.”

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