- 'Strong Mind, Strong Game' pilot program uses football as an engagement tool to improve mental health outcomes for at risk Kimberley youth
- McGowan Government's Youth Engagement Scheme contributes $20,000 to important program
An innovative sport program, designed to build mental health resilience in at-risk Kimberley youth, has received $20,000 from the McGowan Government's Youth Engagement Scheme.
The Strong Mind, Strong Game pilot program was developed by child psychiatrist Deeta Kimba and the Garnduwa Amboorny Wirnan Aboriginal Corporation and aims to address the disproportionately high rate of youth suicide and self-harm in the Kimberley.
Targeting young women from ages 12-18, many who have not had the support to engage in community sport and recreation, the program will use AFL football to develop a healthy mind body connection.
Strong Mind, Strong Game launched in April 2018 and has been integrated into the West Kimberley Women's Football League.
Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation; Volunteering; Seniors and Ageing Minister Mick Murray:
"Sport is an incredible vehicle for change. It has the capacity to engage young people from all backgrounds and truly improve lives and communities.
"We are proud to provide $20,000 funding through the Youth Engagement Scheme to support this pilot program.
"The McGowan Government is focused on improving mental health outcomes in the Kimberley and Strong Mind, Strong Game is a valuable tool as we strive to help people live their best lives."
Minister's office: 6552 6400