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An expo for YOUth

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Tom Boyd will be a special guest speaker at an uncoming YOUth Mental Health Matters Expo. Photo - WesternBulldogs website

Recently retired AFL Western Bulldogs player Tom Boyd will be guest speaker at the Moorabool Youth Action Group’s (YAG) youth expo in August.
The physical and emotional toll of AFL football led Boyd to the decision to immediately retire from the game.
At just 23-years-old, Boyd decided to finish his time at AFL level as a premiership player who recorded 61 games and kicked 50 goals with the GWS Giants and the Bulldogs.
“My decision to retire now is a reflection of issues I’ve had over the past five years both with physical injury and with mental health, and they have now accumulated to a point where I just don’t have the desire to play or the enjoyment of the game I used to have,” Boyd said in a statement on the club’s website.
The YOUth Mental Health Matters Expo, a successful initiative of the State Government’s ‘Pick My Project’ program, aims to raise awareness and highlight the importance of good mental health for Moorabool’s young people.
YAG provides opportunities for young people to have a say and advocate on issues that are important in Moorabool and comprises of dedicated young people aged between 12 and 25, supported by Moorabool Shire Council Youth Services Team.
“Congratulations to the Youth Action Group for their outstanding work on delivering this project, and we hope to get as many young people as possible to go along,” said Moorabool Mayor Paul Tatchell.
The Youth Action group facilitate several youth events and forums each year, as well as consulting with the community on youth issues.
The importance of good mental health was identified as important to young people in Moorabool during consultations for the Youth Strategy 2018-2021 and previous youth forums.
The expo will be held on Friday 2 August 2019 at the Bacchus Marsh Town Hall from 1pm to 6pm. Young people aged 12-25 years are encouraged to attend.
For more information on YOUth Mental Health Matters in Moorabool contact Moorabool Shire Council Youth Services on 5366 7100 or email youthservices@moorabool.vic.gov.au