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Cricket’s got those Baggy Blues for mental health

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Sometimes a good game of cricket is just what the doctor ordered and the Baggy Blues cricket tour is coming to Lismore in October to help raise mental health awareness as part of the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP).

The Baggy Blues have begun working with the Centre for Rural Remote Mental Health (CRRMH) to deliver a mental health workshop, cricket clinics for budding sports stars and a celebrity cricket match in Lismore. Professional and local cricket legends new and old will team up to deliver life-saving mental health messages to the Lismore community.

Both girls and boys are welcome to participate in the cricket clinic for 8-17 year olds to be held at Oakes Oval.

The local cricket clubs will also be able to develop a relationship with their local RAMHP coordinator who can provide ongoing support to the community.

RAMHP Manager Tessa Caton says that the high profile nature of the Baggy Blues and their ability to share and talk about their own mental health will show younger players that it’s okay to reach out for help. ‘Cricket clubs will be provided with training from RAMHP on how to identify and support someone who may be struggling with their mental health,’ says Ms Caton. ‘This will ensure those involved can help their mates and ongoing capacity is built amongst the cricket clubs.’

Lismore was one of four sites selected for the Baggy Blues cricket tour for a few reasons. ‘The community has been doing it tough since the Lismore floods,’ says Tessa. ‘Lismore has an active and vibrant cricket community and this event will assist in raising community members morale and assist with the ongoing recovery process.

‘It’s also central base for many smaller communities in Northern NSW – we are hoping to draw a big crowd.’

The Baggy Blues will visit Lismore on October 25 from 6.30pm to 9.30pm at Oakes Oval in Dawson Street.

If you, or someone you know, needs crisis support phone Lifeline on 13 11 14. For local mental health services call 1800 011 511. To find out more about the Baggy Blues Tour contact your local NSW Cricket Association or visit www.ramhp.com.au.

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