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SBD Global/February 25, 2014/Leagues and Governing Bodies

Ex-Player Calls For Australian Football League To Make Mental Health Immediate Priority

Former North Melbourne champion Wayne Schwass has called on the Australian Football League "to make the issue of mental health an immediate priority with the introduction of a themed round to the AFL fixture," according to Rohan Connolly of THE AGE. Schwass, 45, who battled depression during his 15-year, 282-game league career with North Melbourne and Sydney, "has worked extensively in the area of mental health since he went public about his struggle in 2006." Schwass: "I just think there's a need there and a real opportunity as the No. 1 sporting body in Australia for us to actually put mental health on the agenda. Not only within our code, given some of the pressures associated with playing and coaching and administering a hugely popular sport, but to show the Australian population that we're doing something to recognize the impact mental illness has on people not only following our game, but right around the country" (THE AGE, 2/25).
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