Western Australia

Strong Mind, Strong Game builds mental resilience in Derby

An innovative sport program, designed to build mental health resilience in at-risk Kimberley youth, has received $20,000 from the WA Government’s Youth Engagement Scheme.

The Strong Mind, Strong Game pilot program was developed by child psychiatrist Deeta Kimba and the Garnduwa Amboorny Wirnan Aboriginal Corporation and aims to address the disproportionately high rate of youth suicide and self-harm in the Kimberley.

Targeting young women from ages 12-18, many who have not had the support to engage in community sport and recreation, the program will use AFL football to develop a healthy mind body connection.

Strong Mind, Strong Game launched in April 2018 and has been integrated into the West Kimberley Women’s Football League.

Source: WA Government