Wayne Schwass to speak at BGS parent seminar on 20 July

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The statistics around anxiety and depression in young men are frightening and as parents we need to be ready to recognise the signs, and know what to do.  The next parent seminar in our Understanding Boys series will explore issues around youth mental health.  

We are excited that AFL legend Wayne Schwass will share his personal battle with depression and how, for more than a decade, he was ‘living a lie’.

This 90 minute seminar will also include youth worker Sam Loy from Headspace; BGS Director of Wellbeing Kay Rogers will join the panel for the Q&A session. 

While the seminar is free please register on trybooking.  Because of the importance of this wellbeing issue, any boy in the secondary school years is invited to attend with his parents. 

Speakers’ background:

Wayne Schwass played elite football for more than 14 years. For more than 10 of those, he was suffering from depression, hiding the truth for fear he’d be seen as “weak or soft”. He resorted to alcohol and drugs to try to mitigate the pain.

Now, Wayne is committed to changing and saving lives by focusing on mental health. In 2017 he launched Puka Up, a social enterprise focusing on mental health, emotional wellbeing and suicide prevention. He also delivers powerfully honest keynote speeches and his message never fails to resonate with audiences.

Sam Loy is a youth worker with over a decade of experience working with young people across the mental health, drug and alcohol, and homelessness sectors. In his role as Community Engagement Worker at Headspace, the national youth mental health foundation, he spends his time talking with school students about mental health and help-seeking.

This is an invaluable opportunity to hear from those with experience – personal and professional – in youth depression and anxiety.