Coaches pitch in for depression forum

FORMER Tasmanian coach Tim Coyle put more than a dozen junior cricketers through their paces at Longford yesterday.

Coyle and ex-Tiger Dane Anderson ran a two-hour junior clinic for beyondblue to coincide with the group's depression and anxiety forum at the Longford Football Club.

Beyondblue board member Fiona Coote said the cricket session was used to give parents some time to learn more about mental health.

The latest Roy Morgan research shows that 21.4 per cent of Tasmanians aged over 14 say they have experienced depression, anxiety or both in the past year.

``We are encouraging people to spread the word on mental health . . . and take a check of their mental health,'' she said.

``Do they have some issues perhaps they need to be looking at and we are encouraging people to take that first step.

``Often it is the hardest taking that step, talking to someone, sharing it with a friend, GP or mental health professional.''

Ambassador Hayley McNaughton, 24, who was bullied at school, said it could be difficult for young people with a mental illness because they did not know how to seek help or understand it.

The beyondblue national roadshow will be in Launceston today at the Hotel Grand Chancellor where chairman Jeff Kennett will speak at noon.

 If you need help or counselling contact Lifelink Samaritans 1300364566, Lifeline 131114, Kids Helpline 1800551800, MensLine Australia 1300789978, the StandBy Response Service 24-hour number on 0408133884, or  beyondblue 1300224636.

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