CRICKET TOUR PUTS SPOTLIGHT ON LISMORE’S MENTAL HEALTH
Professional and local cricket legends new and old will team up with one of NSW’s leading rural mental health programs to deliver life-saving mental health messages to the Lismore community.
Member for Lismore Thomas George today announced the Baggy Blues Cricket Tour will visit Lismore in October to hold a celebrity cricket match, cricket clinic for 8-17 year olds, and deliver a mental health workshop.
“Cricket brings our community together, and these matches will not only be great day out for the whole family but an important way for our rural mental health teams to reach those who need support,” Mr George said.
“This year Far North Coast Country will take on Far North Coast Coasties at Lismore’s Oakes Oval in a match which features local and state player doing their bit to raise awareness of men’s mental health.”
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro and Minister for Mental Health Tanya Davies announced the NSW Government will invest $120,000 in the new partnership with Baggy Blues.
“We are in the grip of the worst drought this State has seen in decades and the NSW Government will keep supporting affected communities,” Mr Barilaro said.
Mrs Davies said the “Baggy Blues” have begun working with the Centre for Rural Remote Mental Health (CRRMH) to deliver a mental health workshop, cricket clinics for budding sports stars and a celebrity cricket match in Lismore.
“This is a timely opportunity for our Rural Adversity Mental Health Program team from CRRMH to reach members of the community who will flock to the popular Baggy Blues events,” Mrs Davies said.
Earlier this month the NSW Government committed $6.3 million over two years to boost rural mental health supports. Part of the funding will provide 20 new ‘farm gate’ counsellors and frontline mental health workers.
If you, or someone you know, needs crisis support phone Lifeline on 13 11 14. For local mental health services call 1800 011 511.
To find out more about the Baggy Blues Tour contact your local NSW Cricket Association or visit www.ramhp.com.au.
DATE: 25th October 2018
LOCATION: Oakes Oval, Dawson Street
PHOTO: Blues old and new at the launch of the 2018-19 Baggy Blues tour in Sydney.