100 words mate to mate advocate Luke Richards openly shares his journey living with mental illness, addiction and of his suicide attempts. He is a regualr speaker at 100 words events including a recent appearance on Mate to Mate at 8 -Tuesday talks with Turts. Over 6 years ago, Luke’s life was on a singular trajectory, caught in the cycle of addiction with no hope of recovery. With the help of many people, Luke did recover and has been blessed with an amazing life. In 2019 Luke completed the Port to Pub 25k ultra-marathon, swimming for 10 hours and 21 minutes to reach the finish line. In August 2020 he started his journey to complete the ‘Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming’ starting with the English Channel. Luke swims to show people what they can achieve in recovery.