Darling Downs Health, with the support of Toowoomba Hospital Foundation, is bringing former NRL player Greg Inglis to the region to present a series of workshops and seminars about mental health.
Greg heads up the Goanna Academy which presents football clinics in conjunction with a mental health message.
Richard Henshaw, Darling Downs Health, Mental Health and Alcohol and other Drugs Health Promotion Officer, said the program was aimed at improving the outlook for young people struggling with mental health concerns.
“It’s aimed at reducing the stigma in asking for help and building resilience in communities,” Mr Henshaw said.
As part of the program, Greg shares his own experiences as a successful national rugby league player.
“It is really surprising to hear his story and life journey, and what happened behind closed doors. He had fame and fortune, but he struggled with his mental health like so many people.”
The regional visit comes after Toowoomba Hospital Foundation hosted fundraising dinners early this year, where a commitment was made to share Greg’s story and program with more young people in the community.
“This is the first time the Goanna Academy has been to Queensland,” Mr Henshaw said.
“I am excited to see the program rollout and for our young people to gain the confidence, skills, and resilience to speak up if they are struggling.”
Greg Inglis and the Goanna Academy will visit and present programs at schools in Murgon, Stanthorpe, and Warwick this week.
A community event will be held in Kingaroy on Thursday 10 November from 4 pm to 8 pm. Registrations are required. Visit www.goannaacademy.com.au for more information.