Men­tal health, Lords a good fit

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

SU­BI­ACO’S Lords Re­cre­ation Cen­tre will raise money for men­tal health by tak­ing part in Youth Fo­cus Fit30 this month.

A team of gym in­struc­tors, of­fice staff and cus­tomer ser­vice of­fi­cers will com­plete 30 min­utes of ex­er­cise ev­ery day for 30 days of Septem­ber to raise funds and aware­ness for youth men­tal health, with Youth Fo­cus.

City of Su­bi­aco re­cre­ation ser­vices man­ager Cheyne Cameron said he was pleased Lords could sup­port such a worth­while cause.

“There is a strong con­nec­tion be­tween men­tal and phys­i­cal health and we’d like to en­cour­age ev­ery­one we can to get in­volved,” he said.

“Ex­er­cise in any form, whether a gen­tle walk or vigorous gym ses­sion, can help re­lease en­dor­phins in the brain, to in­crease en­ergy, pos­i­tive mood and men­tal alert­ness.”

Com­mu­nity mem­bers are also in­vited to take part by join­ing the chal­lenge, do­nat­ing to the Lords fundrais­ing page or by rais­ing aware­ness.

Youth Fo­cus chief ex­ec­u­tive Fiona Kalaf said the de­mand for ser­vices such as coun­selling, peer sup­port and ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams were ever-in­creas­ing.

“Sadly sui­cide re­mains the lead­ing cause of death for Aus­tralians un­der 25,” she said.

“By tak­ing part in the Fit30 chal­lenge, par­tic­i­pants will be play­ing a key role in rais­ing aware­ness of youth sui­cide within the com­mu­nity.”

Lords staff Carly Schouten, Mick Harkin, Julie Rechichi, Ebony Hum­ble, Michael Hayes and Cheyne Cameron will take part in the Youth Fo­cus Fit30.

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