Media Release

22 November 2018

Kealy: Raising awareness of mental health in young sports people

Thursday 22 November 2018

Raising awareness of mental health in young sports people

Reaching out to young men and woman in a relaxed and supportive environment like their sports clubs is a great way to begin the conversation about mental health and how to watch for the signs of mental illness in friends and team mates.

That’s why the Liberal Nationals will support the creation of a documentary by GameFace, a sporting social media network, focused on mental health in young people.

The $35,000 investment will help to fund a 6 episode documentary on mental health in young sports people featuring the Karingal Football and Netball Club in Frankston.

With one in seven young men between the age of 16 – 24 experiencing depression or anxiety each year, it’s paramount that we lift the stigma of mental illness.

The Liberal Nationals are committed to supporting our young people and ensuring they feel supported in their communities

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Mental Health, Emma Kealy:

“This is incredibly important funding that will help local communities reach their young men and woman and help the great work of GameFace continue.”

Comments attributable to Liberal Candidate for Frankston, Michael Lamb:

“As a serving police officer and President of the Frankston YCW Football-Netball club, I’ve come in contact with a lot of young people, from all walks of life.

We know that 16- 24 years old is a crucial time for young people, where they can often feel alone, anxious, depressed and isolated. If this funding can help just one person then it’s worth it.”