The 2015 AFL Grand Final will be celebrated in style at the inaugural Brisbane AFL Grand Final Luncheon, with headspace Inala proud to be the charity partner of the event.
Supported by AFL Queensland and the Brisbane Lions, the Grand Final Luncheon will see special guests and sporting legends Mick Malthouse, Alastair Lynch, and Laura Geitz sharing their own grand final stories in the build up to the 2015 AFL Grand Final.
headspace Inala is a one-stop-shop for young people struggling with mental health, substance abuse, and social, school or job-related problems, providing free assistance to young people aged 12 – 25 years.
Manager Suzie Lewis said headspace Inala was very excited to be offered the chance to be the charity partner of the inaugural Brisbane AFL Grand Final Luncheon. “With the funds raised through this event, we will be able to support more young people for longer, both through group programs and one-on-one counselling.”
headspace Inala is particularly committed to providing support to young people who are having thoughts of suicide or are at risk of hurting themselves.
“headspace Inala sees a lot of young people who have been going through some really tough times, and sometimes need help to see there is a light at the end of the tunnel,” Ms Lewis said. “It is so important that there is a place they can go that is free, confidential, and knows how to help them work through the tough stuff and get their lives back on track.”
In Australia, approximately one in four young people aged 16-24 experience a mental health or substance use disorder in a given year and only one in four young people experiencing mental health problems actually receives professional help.
“To see the AFL community take such a strong interest in supporting youth mental health, and fundraising for headspace Inala, is wonderful,” Ms Lewis said. “Having such a powerful voice raise awareness of the need for services like ours is invaluable.”
The 2015 Brisbane AFL Grand Final Luncheon will take place on Wednesday 30th September 2015 at Brisbane City Hall. Individual tickets start at $220 and can be purchased at http://brisbaneaflgrandfinal.com.au/.
Young people or parents concerned about their children can receive free and confidential support at headspace centres across Queensland – visit www.headspace.org.au for further details, or call 1800 650 890.
If you or anyone you know is at risk of suicide, crisis support is available through Lifeline on 13 11 14.