Lifeline Damaged Hill Nation to Coast has obtained a funding enhance from the New South Wales authorities to develop the How’s Ya Mate? program.
- Lifeline Damaged Hill will obtain $290,000 in funding from the state authorities
- The purpose is to develop the How’s Ya Mate program into different sporting codes
- The Minister for Western NSW was in Damaged Hill to make the announcement
This system began in Damaged Hill in 2016 and was aimed toward serving to AFL coaches converse with their gamers about psychological well being points.
A number of ex-AFL gamers have come to Damaged Hill as ambassadors, this 12 months Tadhg Kennelley and Kirby Bentley have been current through the devoted psychological well being spherical.
Minister for Western New South Wales Tara Moriarty stated it had been a profitable program regionally.
“It is labored with AFL, so we wish to develop it with different sports activities together with netball, soccer, and different sports activities throughout the group,” she stated.
‘Good factor’ for younger folks
Branching out into different sports activities is only the start; the hope is that this system will ultimately be rolled out throughout the entire state.
“We wish to run packages throughout the state that work. We all know that this one works and that is why I am completely satisfied to be right here in the present day to commit extra funding to it,” Minister Moriarty stated.
“And the place psychological well being and assist connects with sport, that may solely be a very good factor for group as it is a good factor for younger folks.”
She stated the state authorities could be completely satisfied to work with Lifeline to roll it out throughout the state, however would decide about that in future.
“Lifeline do a terrific job they usually’ve carried out an excellent job right here. We’re very completely satisfied to associate with them wherever it is acceptable to take action,” she stated.
Performing chief government of Lifeline Damaged Hill Nation to Coast Marisa Pickett stated the cash could be used to fund a brand new councillor for the brand new program.
“Prior to now we have clearly funded that ourselves, so it is nice to have these additional funds to have the ability to put somebody on which additionally helps our centre,” she stated.
Different sports activities displaying curiosity
Ms Pickett stated one sporting workforce had already proven curiosity in this system.
“The Stingrays swimming membership, they have been chatting to us for a while now, they usually’re eager to take a look at how the How’s Ya Mate? matches inside the swimming membership,” Ms Pickett stated.
This system is not simply restricted to NSW, with it crossing into Victoria later this 12 months.
“In August, the Mildura Soccer League, they’re going to be working their first How’s Ya Mate? spherical of soccer and likewise Lifeline Gippsland in Victoria, they’ve enquired about it,” she stated.