Thousands of Victorian footballers to play in state-wide beyondblue round this weekend.

The following is an important media release from the beyond blue organisation regarding  the AFLVicbeyondblueRound this weekend.

 

 

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10 May 2018

Media Release

 

Thousands of Victorian footballers to play in state-wide beyondblue round this weekend.

 

More than 8000 Victorian footballers will shine a light on mental health when they play in a new state-wide AFL Victoria beyondblue round on May 12 and 13.

 

Male and female players from all levels of football across the state – from junior leagues to the Victorian Football League – will wear blue tape around their wrists to get people talking about mental health.

 

The round is the first event AFL Victoria will run as part of a new community partnership with beyondblue. It follows the annual beyondblue Cup which will see Hawthorn and Sydney face off in round 8 at the MCG on Friday 11 May.

 

Players from AFL Victoria’s 6000-plus teams nominated beyondblue as a charity they most wanted to support as mental health was of high importance.

 

beyondblue CEO Georgie Harman said the inaugural AFL Victoria beyondblue round created an opportunity for people to spark conversations about mental health with their teammates, coaches and club staff, club members and supporters, families and friends.

 

“The support the football community provides to players on the field is powerful and we want to encourage people to provide that same support off the field to foster good mental health,” Ms Harman said.

 

“At some point in your life, you or someone you know is likely to have experienced depression or anxiety. They are as commonplace and treatable as physical injuries, yet people worry that talking about their mental health struggles is a sign of weakness – it’s not.

 

“There are simple actions you can take to start working on getting better and staying well. Often that startswith reaching out to someone you trust and asking for support.”

 

Ms Harman said having regular conversations with family, friends and teammates about mental health helps to break down stigma, helps people to stay well and encourages those who are experiencing depression or anxiety to seek help.

 

“Talking about mental health is the game changer,” Ms Harman said.
AFL Victoria CEO Steven Reaper said he is looking forward to the Victorian football community supportingthe work of beyondblue this weekend.

 

“AFL Victoria is proud to partner with beyondblue in 2018 to start conversations, reduce stigma and increase support-seeking for anxiety, depression and suicide prevention within the football community,”Reaper said.

 

“Last year AFL Victoria consulted with our leagues and identified that mental health was one of the leading priorities for both players and supporters. In partnership with beyondblue, AFL Victoria is working towards educating the football community on mental health and wellbeing.

 

“Our regions and leagues do a fantastic job supporting players, teams and clubs who may be facing theirown issues.

 

“There is a much greater opportunity for social impact and change with a coordinated approach across the football community, and we look forward to beyondblue being supported at all levels this weekend – AFL,VFL, TAC Cup and community football.”

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For more information, visit beyondblue.org.au/AFLVicbeyondblueRound

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Contact: media@beyondblue.org.au
Cherie Donnellan (03) 9818 9219 / 0438 312 105 Carmel Egan (03) 9810 6187 / 0476 803 991

 

beyondblue

PO Box 6100 Hawthorn West VIC 3122beyondblue Support Service 1300 22 4636www.beyondblue.org.au

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The beyondblue Support Service is available by phone 24/7 on 1300 22 4636 or online chatwww.beyondblue.org.au/get-support (3PM – 12AM AEST) or email responses.

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For media enquiries, contact:

 

Cherie Donnellan
beyondblue media coordinator
(03) 9818 9219; 0438 312 105cherie.donnellan@beyondblue.org.au

 

Anthony Stanguts
AFL Victoria communications manager (03) 8341 6032; 0413 986 190anthony.stanguts@afl.com.au

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Contact: media@beyondblue.org.au
Cherie Donnellan (03) 9818 9219 / 0438 312 105 Carmel Egan (03) 9810 6187 / 0476 803 991

 

beyondblue

PO Box 6100 Hawthorn West VIC 3122beyondblue Support Service 1300 22 4636www.beyondblue.org.au

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