Ivan's Walk

By Ivan Miller

Kia Ora everyone, and welcome to my fundraiser,
This year, beginning on Saturday the 9th of February, I will begin my walk around both coasts of New Zealand, in a bid to raise Mental Health awareness, and to raise funds for the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand.  Over the course of my walk I will be posting frequently and holding regular Facebook live forums, speaking of my own mental health story and recovery, and the tools I find helpful in that process, hoping to open a wider discussion and awareness in our community, with the ultimate aim reaching out to people and connecting with them.  I will be discussing many topics that have affected me in my life, from sexual abuse to alcoholism and other addiction issues, PTSD and other mental conditions, and suicide.  In addition to that I will be speaking to the importance of mindfulness, and sharing some valuable things I learnt in DBT (Dialectic Behaviour Therapy).  I hope to share my highs and lows along the way, walk with others, and basically allow others to follow my own personal journey with me 

Thank you to my Supporters

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Marc Farge

Love the blog Ivan. Met you at river haven.

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Dee

Thank you Ivan for walking and talking, your posts are a highlight and honour to follow

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Catlins Country Store

goodluck enjoy tha catlins

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Candice Mcewen

💚👏🙏

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Rachel Gillies

All the best with the rest of your journey. I look forward to following this and learning more of your story! Take care! I hope you get to see the Catlins!

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Lynda Whitwell

Loving your continuing journey as I continue my own towards better health in every way.

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Bryce Silivetelo

Kia kaha bröther, I'm hoping our paths meet one day

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Arran Grant

Keep going Ivan!

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Matty Taylor

Hi ivan Pleased to meet you other night great chat wish you all the best on your journey take care from Matty and washingtons exploration crew

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Anonymous

Ivan, thank you for what you are doing. Your personal story is a powerful reminder to us all that hope is always within reach when walking a fragile and painful journey. It is also a reminder that healing is within reach with the support and acceptance of others. None of us are exempt from hard times where mental health which can so easily become unbalanced. The awareness you bring is also an encouragement in making good decisions for ourselves on a daily basis. Go well Ivan.

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Anonymous

Brilliant! Keep going.

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Tumai Ora Whanau Services

It was a privilege to meet you today, travel safe friend.

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Katrina Hazelhurst

You are an inspiration Ivan and hope you enjoy the rest of the beautiful South Island.

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Anonymous

Great work keep it up! The Sun always rises...xoxo

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Paul Carruthers

Well done Ivan, keep going my friend.

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Laraine Heaslip

Thank you for sharing your journey and insights Ivan. Kia kaha

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Cynthia Sundram

Hi Ivan, I came across your page on fb, and I think you are doing an incredible job at raising awareness! My father took his life in 2017 and I wished I could have done something to help him.

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Chris Wesley

Ivan you are an inspiration. Arohanui ❤

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Tammi

Well done and thankyou

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Tori

Keep smashing it Ives x

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Eric Brooks

Happy belated 50th birthday, Ivan! In awe of your dedication to the cause of mental health, thank you for making this journey!

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Declan

Thank you Ivan, I know it's not much but it's what I have. This is for you, your cause and for Tom.

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Rob Carr

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

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Margaret & Mark Morris

You are doing so well Ivan. Happy 50th birthday. Early little birthday present. x

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Jimmy Smith

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Anonymous

Dear Ivan, I so admire you for what you are doing, am so proud of you and would love to be there with you for some time. Maybe early next year, if you're still walking then. (Pls don't put my real name on FB, thx!) Heaps of love and bear hugs, Sasha

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Margy Wilton

so glad to catch up when you passed through palmerston north. hope the south island peiple embrace you with the warmth you deserve

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Liat Cohen

What an amazing way to connect and share experiences with others. I've scrolled through your facebook entries and have found myself weeping with recognition at some things, and with profound joy at others. Your photos are amazing as well. Thank you for undertaking this journey

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Carl Wallace

Hi Ivan. Well done mate. I passed you heading south on the Kaikoura coast the other day, I was heading north. Sadly no place to pull over. Have Deone and ruby staying with me at mo. Xxx

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Kevin Smith

Keep up the awesome awareness Ivan. Stay warm and safe my friend

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Bernadette

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Catherine Thomas

Good luck Ivan! Such an amazing effort for a great cause. :-)

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Janee Sawyer

In honour of your progress and with a deep heart for those battling mental illness...

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Lynda W

Here's the photo challenge money I promised!

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Anonymous

Going great, lovely man

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Lydia

Kia kaha, Kia māia, Kia manawanui! So proud and awe inspired by you and your walk uncle!! Te mahi, te mana, te hīkoi

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Cameron Grant

That's amazing Ivan. Thanks for sending us the map. Enjoy your rest over the next few days. You deserve it.

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Fiona

Good on you Ivan! Stay warm out there and look after yourself.

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Connor Hughes

So proud of you Ivan! Miss you bro

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Bryn Rodda

Keep it up. Some of us need help to see the blue in the sky, and not the blues in our souls.

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Nicky

Your doing great Ivan. Am do Proud of what your doing. Family always.

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Charle Farnell

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Christine Wright

Really enjoying reading your posts and following your amazing journey! Wishing you all the best!

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Bill Bennett

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Arran Grant

Inspiring

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Pennie Skinner

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Shells Mccormick

Kia ora Ivan What an amazing journey to go on, in so many ways. You are an inspiration and hope to many of us💕 May you Be the Light in the lives of those who need it the most🌟 XO Shells

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Gaylene Henderson

Awesome work Ivan. I love following your journey. Inspirational!

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Grace Simpson

Thankyou for putting some kindness, openness & awareness into the world. You make it a better place!

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Phil O’donnell

Awesome work Ivan

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Angel Riley

All the best on your journey!

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Michael Thompson

Aroha nui Ivan. Your actions are inspiring and your words are comforting. I have been following your journey closely and taking huge heart out of the feel good, positive mental health stories I read everyday. Your humble outlook is infectious. Keep walking, keep smiling and keep believing in the difference you are making. Kia Kaha brother:-) a night or two in Hamilton is here if you need it.

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Duncan Milne

I am in awe of your dedication to this cause Ivan, you are making a difference and you will inspire many to do their little bit for the world. Be safe brother and please stay with us if your travels pass through the Taupo region. Kia kaha my bro.

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Karen Tibbitts-williams

Gave you a little 'beep' yesterday as you were walking from Helensville to Waimauku, having recognised you from Earthstone Arts page! Wished I'd had time to stop the car and have a chat, and even walk with you a while. Thank you for all that you are doing. x 'May the road rise up to meet you, and may the wind be always at your back.'

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Margaret & Mark Morris

Well done so far. Love reading all about it. xx

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Patrick Newton

Keep up the good work Ivan.

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Bonny Keene

I'm Ebbs Aunty,if you need a bed in Hamilton,you are very welcome.Well done on what you are doing x x

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Margaret Barrett

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Sarah Shelton

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Catherine Shelton

With love and strength on this amazing journey

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Steve Grant

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Anne Barrer

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Tane Cafe

Al the best on your journey. Arohanui

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Anna Palmer

Go well Ivan. Thank you for raising awareness about mental health.Most of us either know someone who lives with mental health concerns or has had personal experience.

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David Morris

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Jo

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Anonymous

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Rachel P

Shout out to you e hoa. You're an inspiration and a great advocate. Rach

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Lisa, Aaron, Declan, Molly And Poppy Grant

Go Ivan! What an amazing thing you are doing xx We love you xx

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Joss Robertson

What an amazing and inspirational feat you are undertaking. Go Ivan!

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Rebecca O'shea

Go Ivan, love and power to you xxx

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Shane Mathie

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Toni Davies

Hey Ivan, you're an inspiration to us all - keep up the good work - this is a wonderful initiative on your part - you can be proud of the man you've become and humble at the same time. Cheers Bro xx

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Lola Patricia Manu

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Anonymous

You are an exeptional human being Ivan. I'm so glad I got to meet you in Kerikeri. I wish you all the best for your journey.

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Sheridan

Go forth and achieve your goals Ivan. Proud of you🙂💪

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Manda Tait

Fantastic effort...kia kaha

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Elaine Obrien

Go Ivan,Courageous and loving thing to do.

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Robina

Always knew you were someone special

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Alwyn And Jim

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Eric K. Brooks

So inspired by your courage and resolve. Honored to know you, and sending you only great vibes and hope for great adventures!

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Graeme And Alison Brown

What a challenge, you are an inspiration an good luck in achieving all your goals. Best wishes.

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Margaret Morris

You are doing an awesome thing here Ivan. Good luck and thank you. x

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Vicki Walker

Truly inspiring & admirable-may it also be of some solace to yourself. Should you come thru Taupo, you are always welcome to rest thy weary body @ my abode.

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Anonymous

Awesome effort, all the best

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Janee Sawyer

God bless you Ivan - you are supported by our prayers. What an amazing adventure - you are a brave man!

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Kate Horrey

Very best wishes on your endeavour! Wish I had more to give at the moment. Happy travels ahead!

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Charle Farnell

Walking the talk. You're an inspiration my friend

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Ellen West

Love sent to you on your journey ❤️

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Lynda Whitwell

Will try to repeat this regularly but also to touch base when you drop by near or in Palmerston North. Go well.

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Shane Mathie

U Go Bro