Stars to lead youth mental health workshop

AUSTRALIAN Diamonds netball star Madi Robinson and former St Kilda and Fremantle AFL player Heath Black will host a free special evening for “generation next” at Birallee Park tonight.

The V/Line-supported Life Training event will focus on youth mental health.

Wodonga Netball’s Anne Puiatti, who helped organise the night, said she hoped teenagers and parents took advantage of the visit.

“A national survey identified school and study problems, stress and body image as the top three challenges facing adolescents,” she said.

“But teenagers living in regional Victoria often have limited access to services that can help them make the right decisions and cope with challenges.”

Melbourne Vixen and Diamonds mid-courter Robinson, nee Browne, blends her background as an educator with her experiences on the global sporting stage to inspire young people from the community to achieve their potential.

Former Saints and Dockers wingman Black has had a well-known battle with depression and tells a candid tale of his life on and off the field, showing young people the true impact their choices can have.

So far more than 15,000 boys and girls aged between 14 and 18 have participated in the workshops.

Tonight’s workshop will start at 7pm in the Raiders Function Centre.

For more information, phone Anne Puiatti on 0411 545 638.

Former AFL player Heath Black will host a free special evening for “generation next” at Birallee Park tonight. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Former AFL player Heath Black will host a free special evening for “generation next” at Birallee Park tonight. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

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