Men­tal health sup­ported

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Sports -

PERTH Netball As­so­ci­a­tion (PNA) teams will mark the One Life Round next Satur­day by wear­ing blue arm­bands.

PNA ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Troy Starce­vich said the aim was to raise aware­ness of men­tal ill­ness and youth sui­cide.

“The mes­sage is about hav­ing sup­port and be­ing able to talk to peo­ple and sport is a good way to do that be­cause there’s that team and coach­ing sup­port,” Starce­vich said.

He said East Perth Foot­ball Club started the ini­tia­tive a few years ago and the WA Foot­ball Com­mis­sion took it on, with Netball WA re­cently join­ing.

As part of the One Life Round, Netball WA is of­fer­ing free men­tal health train­ing for coaches, par­ents, club vol­un­teers and play­ers in June and July.

If you or any­one you know needs help, call Life­line 13 11 14, Head Space 1800 650 890 or Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800.

An­drew Xy­das passes off to Bryce Con­way,

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