Football stars say ‘Don’t bottle it up’

Noosa Lions Corey Dodson, Noosa Tigers Aaron Laskey, Noosa Dolphins Will Christie and Noosa Pirates Hayden Trask.

Noosa football stars joined the Don’t Bottle it Up campaign on Saturday, highlighting the positive benefits of sports participation to help with mental health issues.

The Rotary-led initiative, Rotarians 4 Mental Health, aims to encourage those affected by mental health issues to reach out, speak up and seek help.

At Noosaville Lions Park, community members met Aaron Laskey of Noosa Tigers, Will Christie of Noosa Dolphins, Corey Dodson of Noosa Lions and Hayden Trask of Noosa Pirates, to send a common message on the importance of sport in development of a healthy lifestyle.

Hayden Trask of Noosa Pirates said it was an honor to be part of the Rotary initiative.

“Mental health and PTSD have touched so many people in today’s society and have personally affected me and my loved ones,” Hayden said.

Will Christie of the Dolphins said: “Playing for the Dolphins provides great opportunities for further progress on the court, but also off the court in terms of our player welfare program, which looks after our players from so many ways.”

In the four codes of football in Noosa, there is a collective recognition of the very important role that individual clubs play in creating a climate where the importance of welfare and support programs exist.

Corey Dodson of the Lions said: “One of the things football has given me is the friendship you get from buddies on the pitch. My Lions friends helped me a lot when a problem that impacted my life arose.

A key Noosa Tigers initiative is the planned establishment of a Community Mental Health Center at Rococo Oval.

Once built, it will be available to help community members, community groups, sports clubs and schools.

Noosa Tigers captain Aaron Laskey said: “It makes me proud to be a member of the Tigers football team and our club’s plans to build the mental health center which will help everyone in the community. .”

“Our football club is to be congratulated for doing this.”

The Rotary Clubs of Noosa Heads, Cooroy, Eumundi, Noosa and Noosa Daybreak are actively working on the Don’t Bottle it Up theme aligned with the Rotarians 4 Mental Health campaign.

Organizing Committee Chairman Bob Birkhead, Rotary Club of Noosa Heads, said: “This initiative of the five Rotary Clubs aims to address mental health issues in the area through a program of awareness, education, knowledge, support and potential pathways for people who have been impacted by a wide range of mental health issues, including PTSD.

“We aim to try to demystify the taboos associated with these issues by encouraging people to reach out and not bottle it up”


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