Footy star Chris Walker is backing the new partnership between the Ipswich Jets and Ipswich Headspace.
Footy star Chris Walker is backing the new partnership between the Ipswich Jets and Ipswich Headspace. Kate Czerny

Ipswich Jets and Headspace join forces to help youth

THE YOUTH of Ipswich are fortunate to have the Ipswich Jets and Ipswich Headspace looking out for them.

Headspace Ipswich has announced a new partnership with Ipswich Jets Rugby League Club which will encourage all young people to get help for depression and mental health issues before problems escalate.

 Headspace Ipswich is a free, confidential local youth service for young people going through a tough time. It  provides advice on general health, mental health and drug and alcohol  issues, along with employment and training support to 12-25 year olds from Ipswich and surrounds. 

The Ipswich Jets have a long reputation and history in promoting and supporting local organisations that promote the health and wellbeing of the local community.

"The Ipswich Jets are a popular, loved local football club that is keen to support breaking down the stigma of talking about mental health with young people.  This is an opportunity for more community members to get to know us and access the support they need to lead healthy and happy lives now and into the future" Headspace Service Manager Ellen Heathwood said.

Ipswich Jets CEO Wayne Wendt said: "The incidence of youth suicide amongst the general population, and especially within the footy world has touched many of us greatly.

"It's because of this that our players and club would love the opportunity to throw our support behind Headspace Ipswich. 

"We believe that they are doing a great job by working on ensuring young people from our community are 'here for life' and have bright futures.

To celebrate this new partnership, the Ipswich Jets gifted Headspace Ipswich with a signed State of Origin jersey to auction off through their website and Facebook page ahead of the decider at Suncorp Stadium.

NRL and Jets legend Chris Walker said he was delighted to be involved.

"This partnership means a lot to me.  Depression and mental health issues can affect anyone and it's important we encourage all young people to get help early before these problems escalate," he said.

"This is why I believe the Jets are leading the sporting community in being proactive in a wide range of issues".

For more information about Headspace or to book an appointment call 3280 7900 or go to http://www.headspace.org.au/headspace-centres/headspace-ipswich for more information.



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