AFLNT To Tackle Depression & Anxiety
Friday, April 05 2013 @ 08:15 am ACDT
Contributed by: Wesley Hull
The following media release from the AFLNT details their partnership with beyondblue to tackle depression and anxiety in the Northern Territory.
AFLNT HAS THE ‘BALLS’ TO TACKLE DEPRESSION & ANXIETY
AFL Northern Territory will join forces with beyondblue in tackling depression and anxiety in the Northern Territory for a further three years following an extension of the partnership agreed this week.
“We as the lead sport in the NT have a duty and a responsibility to assist organizations such as beyondblue in order to combat the many issues that we face in day to day life,” said AFLNT CEO Tony Frawley.
As a Community Partner of AFLNT beyondblue will be involved in developing key awareness activity to all areas of the Northern Territory that will commence this weekend at the third beyondblue Cup clash between NT Thunder and Mt Gravatt.
“Given the locations of our nine remote projects in Wadeye, Groote Eylandt, Galiwin’ku, Tiwi Islands, Lajamanu, Hermannsburg, Ngukurr, Gapuwiyak and Maningrida and combine this with the profile and reach of the NT Thunder, we believe we have a great vehicle to drive key messages throughout the vast expanses of the Northern Territory,” advised Frawley.
beyondblue CEO Kate Carnell AO said she was excited to extend the partnership, which began in 2010, between the Territory’s number one sport and Australia’s national depression and anxiety initiative for another three years,
“This is a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness about depression and anxiety in some of the most remote parts of Australia,” she said.
“These conditions are very common and people need to know they can tackle these challenges and regain control of their life.
“This partnership will help us spread this message to footy fans and the wider Northern Territorian community.”
The NT Thunder will play in the beyondblue Cup against Mt Gravatt this Saturday night at TIO Stadium, for the second time which will become a key feature of the extended partnership.
“NT Thunder have had various players, staff and associations with people that have been exposed to depression and anxiety whilst, playing, working or supporting our organisation, this is a way we can give back and ensure that we continue to promote positive well-being with in our community,” said NT Thunder CEO Jarred Ilett.