Image: Nova 919.
Breakfast radio hosts Ben and Liam are spending the next five days locked up in the middle of Rundle Mall, raising awareness for the importance of looking after your mental health.
The presenters, who host the 6 – 9am weekday shows on Nova, won’t leave the purpose-build glass structure, eating, sleeping and broadcast their entire show Live from Rundle Mall this week, from 21 to 25 June.
The glass structure is 6m long and 2.4m wide, leaving just enough room for the side by side red and blue single beds where Ben and Liam will spend the next 4 nights.
Nova have been sure to supply the boys with lots of deodorant as there are unfortunately no showers in their new living space, but thankfully there will be a toilet around the back.
Throughout the week Ben and Liam will be chatting with people from all walks of life on their morning show as well as completing fun challenges throughout the week, with the boys finally released from the structure at 8am on Friday morning.
Trapped inside the glass structure, the claustrophobic experiment will draw parallels with the feelings that people often experience of being trapped inside their own heads whilst dealing with mental health issues. The duo hope to invite conversations across Adelaide on this important issue which affects so many within the community who are suffering in silence.
As well as looking to provoke essential conversations around mental health and help to reduce the stigma surrounding the topic, Ben and Lim will be calling for donations, with all the money raised going to Lifeline Adelaide to assist them in supporting people in crisis.
Lifeline provides help across the country for Australians, providing a 24-hour crisis support as well as essential suicide prevention services.
The presenters were eager to take on a challenge that raised awareness for a cause very close to their own hearts.
“We’re both so passionate about the importance of looking after your mental health. Like most people we have loved ones who have issues with their mental health and we’ve seen what can happen the its not given the attention it needs.
“We really hope that we can start conversations all around the state that will inevitably help people who are struggling.”
Jo Cooley, service manager of Lifeline Adelaide was thrilled that the important struggle with mental health would be taking centre stage at Rundle Mall, instigating conversations across the state.
“Lifeline Adelaide is really grateful to Ben and Liam for starting an important conversation about mental health and wellbeing.
“We want to take this opportunity to remind anyone who is feeling overwhelmed that Lifeline is here to offer you support and we’re ready to listen” she says.
The pair will be ‘trapped’ from Monday 21 to Friday 25 June, with listeners able to follow their journey across Nova 919, via the station’s dedicated Live Stream or support the duo in person by visiting them under the Gawler Place Canopy in Rundle Mall.
To donate to Ben and Liam’s challenge please visit here.