17/04/2024

Mental Health Round will begin on June 25. Photo: NBL1

NBL1 has partnered with Lifeline to launch the inaugural NBL1 Mental Health Round, which will run from June 25-27.

The NBL1 has partnered with Lifeline to launch the inaugural NBL1 Mental Health Round, which will run from June 25-27.

The round is a first of its kind and a huge step in the right direction for sporting leagues in Australia. Getting on the front foot to address the stigma surrounding mental health has the NBL1 leading Australia’s sporting organisations for mental health awareness.

In the NBL1 South and NBL West, Lifeline’s statement orange socks will be worn for the weekend. These socks are available online via the Basketball Victoria and Basketball WA shops for $10 a pair in Victoria and $12 in WA, with all profits going to Lifeline.

The NBL1 community is also encourages to donate to Lifeline by texting ‘NBL1’ to 0488 822 250 or scanning a dedicated QR code which will be available online and at venues around the country.

Each year, over one million Australians reach out to Lifeline for support and Lifeline’s crisis support line receives a call every 30 seconds.

General Manager of NBL1, Dean Anglin, presented the initiative and outlined the reasons why more important now than ever.

“It’s exciting to unite all of our NBL1 conferences on the same weekend for such an important cause,” Anglin stated.
 
“The global pandemic has had devastating effects on many people so raising awareness and support for mental health is now more important than ever.
 
“The NBL1 understands that mental health does not discriminate and aims to emphasise the importance of reaching out for help and prioritising your wellbeing during this round and beyond.
 
“We want everyone in the NBL1 community to know that it’s okay not to be okay.”

The inaugural Mental Health Round is the first of its kind in Australian basketball, and is a huge step towards alleviating the stigma surrounding mental health.

If you or someone you know is going through a tough period, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 (24hrs/7 days) or chat to a Crisis Support at lifeline.org.au (7pm – midnight, 7 nights).

You can donate to Lifeline Australia here.

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