HEALTH: Siren of hope

• Sports psychologist Jodii Maguire and Bicton MP Lisa O’Malley.

COLLINGWOOD FC have caused West Australians their fair share of anguish over the years, but Bicton MP Lisa O’Malley is hoping the club’s transformation can inspire mental health sufferers in Perth.

Ms O’Malley is hosting a screening of the documentary Collingwood: From the Inside Out as part of this year’s mental health week (October 6-12).

The doco charts how the self-described ‘chest beating’ club started taking more care of its players’ mental welfare, and went on to be become premiership contenders last year.

“Love them or hate them, Collingwood have absolutely transformed itself from the inside out and there is much that can be learned from their experience,” Ms O’Malley says.

“While the documentary is about an AFL football club, the film’s message of embracing mental health and wellbeing strategies is one that will resonate with diverse sporting codes, genders and the broader community.” The Wednesday October 9 screening (6pm-9pm) at East Fremantle Football Club includes brief talks by former AFL player and founder of Outside The Locker Room Jake Edwards, sports psychologist Jodii Maguire, and founder of the Kai Eardley Foundation Claire Eardley.

Supreme stretch

THERE will be lots of flexible fundraising at the Yoga Wellness Walkabout in Perth next Saturday.

Now in it’s second year, the event includes a session with some of Perth’s best yogis, live music, DJs, food trucks and a kids yoga class.

Organised by Fair Game, the event will raise funds for sports equipment, and health and education programs for kids in remote and under-serviced WA communities.

Fair Game’s Caroline Arundell says the event will be held in the picturesque Supreme Court Gardens.

“MC supremo Cassie Silver will introduce the proceedings, which kick off with live music from Aboriginal artists Lee West and Natasha Eldridge to start the good vibes, followed by a Welcome to Country from Shaun Nannup,” she says.

“The main event is a fun, relaxed session of Flow Yoga led by three of Perth’s favourite yogis–Shawn Taylor of Yogalab Fremantle, Rosanna Susanto from Bodyscape Yoga Nedlands and Alexandra Almond from YogaSita, Bibra Lake–backed with great beats from DJKP.

“This year’s event will have a separate Kids’ Yoga Lawn session.”

Wellness Walkabout 2.0 Yoga in the Gardens is on Saturday October 12, 2pm-6pm.

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