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We cannot turn on the news, browse the internet, or read a newspaper, (don't you just love the smell of the ink and the texture of the paper), to see, read or hear another story about an elite sportsman or sportswoman who is struggling with their mental health well being.

Well I was delighted to read in this weekend's Sunday Tele that the Australian Institute of Sport has announced a new Mental Health Referral Network, allowing almost 1,000 AIS funded athletes access to 27 psychologists and mental health experts around the country!

As Matti Clements, Director of the AIS Athlete Wellbeing and Engagement Divison said:

'Mental Health problems don't discriminate. You can be the best in the world and suffer mental health issues'.

Olympian and Commonwealth Games champion, Dane Bird-Smith added:

'It's fantastic to see the AIS taking the lead to deliver the Mental Health Referral Network. I know there are a lot of people who could speak up. We have barriers in our heads about talking up about our emotions and mental health. We need to beat those barriers down!'

For the full article refer to the Sunday Telegraph, 24/3/19, pages 48 and 97.

Please, if you or someone you know is showing signs of anxiety (lethargy, moodiness, mood swings, lack of enthusiasm to socialize, declining appetite, increasing alcohol intake), then please do check out the following websites so as to either find or share some of the worlds best support and strategies to cope:

https://www.beyondblue.org.au/
https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/
https://www.ruok.org.au/
https://www.lifeline.org.au/
https://www.headspace.org.au/

Kind regards,
Charles.

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