Daniel Lucchini is running 24-hours to raise money for mental health

Above and beyond: Daniel Lucchini is running 24-hours to raise money for mental health. Picture: Chris Lane
Above and beyond: Daniel Lucchini is running 24-hours to raise money for mental health. Picture: Chris Lane

Daniel Lucchini can't help but see the irony.

In preparation for his 24-hour run for mental health where he is raising money for Beyond Blue, his own mental health has been impacted.

"It's probably been the most stressed I have been," he said ahead of the run on November 6. "But I think that's part of it, because it's taking me into that place where you are a bit uncertain. For me when I'm running I try to focus on every single step. If you focus on the next kilometre or 10-kilometres it just seems like you're never going to get there.

"That carries over for your mental health - just take it one step at a time and focus on your foot hitting the ground and breathing and repeat the process."

The former Moorebank resident has been on a two-year running journey after previously being a power lifter. After completing a 100-kilomtre run in April, he wanted to "do something more" and decided on a 24-hour run to raise money for Beyond Blue.

"Mental health is something that has affected quite a lot of people around me and given the current climate with COVID-19 it seems to have come to the forefront again," he said. "Running has become a powerful source of relief from those stressors and drastically influenced my own mental health and coping strategies during the chaos that has been present in our lives.

"Everyone has their own anxieties and issues we go through on a day-to-day basis so anything we can do to raise money for something that is so underfunded is going to be a really powerful and useful thing."

Mr Lucchini, who has been training 10-12 hours a week, will start at 6am from La Perouse and follow the coast to Manly where aims to complete 200-kilometres (which averages out to be one kilometre every seven minutes). People can donate directly to Beyond Blue or pledge per kilometre as he looks to raise $20,000.