On Saturday August 18, the GWV Rebels will take to Mars Stadium wearing Headspace green socks, with all players encouraged during a special training session to write the names of family or friends that have been affected by mental health issues on the socks as a tribute.
Headspace Ballarat Youth Engagement Officer, Andy Penny said the main theme that would be discussed with the GWV Rebels players during the special training session this week would be mental health maintenance, things like reaching out to a mate, getting a good sleep, eating regular meals and more.
“It’s great to be working with the Greater Western Victoria Rebels who are great ambassadors and can influence their peers in their communities. Evidence suggests three in four adult mental health conditions emerge by age 24 and half by age 14 so it’s important to be preparing young people now” said Penny
GWV Rebels Talent Manager, Phil Partington said it was an important message for the players and all young people.
“Being talented athletes doesn’t make our players immune to mental health issues. These are important conversations for our players and we will encourage them to carry the message to their family, friends and others.
With suicide being the biggest killer of young Australians and accounting for the deaths of more young people than car accidents, we need to make sure our young people know to look out for each other and make mental health maintenance a priority” said Partington.
103.1 Power FM General Manager, John Fitzgibbon praised the initiative “The work of headspace is critical, and we are pleased to join with the GWV Rebels in promoting that importance. Educating our young people about good mental health maintenance is a must, particularly young men as male suicide rates are 3 times higher than women, consistently over the last 10 years.”
For more information please contact Phil Partington on 0418 558850 or Andrew Penny from Headspace on 5304 4777