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Netball - 17. June 2008.

Looking Beyond to raise awareness about depression


Netball Australia, beyondblue: the national depression initiative and Australia’s leading women’s health club franchise, Fernwood have joined forces as Looking Beyond partners to raise awareness about depression among women and girls in Australia.

One of Australia’s most widespread – and commonly misunderstood health issues – depression, will affect one in four women at some point in their lives.


At today’s inaugural Looking Beyond breakfast at Crown in Melbourne hosted by beyondblue Ambassador Jessica Rowe, women and girls were encouraged to seek help early to overcome depression.


Launching the Looking Beyond partnership, Netball Australia Chief Executive, Kate Palmer said netball –Australia’s highest female participation sport – was committed to making a difference in women’s lives.


“This is such an important, ground-breaking collaborative partnership that can potentially reach millions of women across our nation and encourage them to seek help for depression or anxiety,” Ms Palmer said.


“With our Looking Beyond partners we will also be promoting the positive benefits of women and girls leading an active lifestyle to improve their wellbeing and mental health.”


Chairman of beyondblue: the national depression initiative, the Hon. Jeff Kennett said the Looking Beyond partnership would reach an important audience.


“Women and girls are definitely considered an ‘at risk’ group with young girls experiencing depression at nearly twice the rate of young boys,” Mr Kennett said.


beyondblue’s research indicates that currently only fifty per cent of people who experience depression seek help, despite effective treatments being available. Depression can affect anyone at any time. The most important thing is to seek help early.”

Fernwood founder, Diana Williams said the Looking Beyond partnership would also play an important role in encouraging all women by improve their mental wellbeing through being active.


“We want to empower women to live healthier and happier lives, help educate our community about better health and advocate fitness and activity to encourage overall wellbeing,” Williams said.


The Looking Beyond partnership will develop a range of initiatives over the next three years aimed at raising awareness about depression and providing information to the netball community.

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