CLEVELAND District State High School are promoting mental health through a touch carnival to be held on Saturday, September 10.
Year 12 student Millie Despot said her and Corey Adam, a year 11 student, decided to hold the carnival after recognising the importance of physical activity.
“Studies have shown that being active can help people to not feel down,” she said.
“The day is also to raise awareness about mental health.”
Corey said as a team sport, footy enabled players to mingle with others.
The event is part of a program by the school to make mental illness less of a taboo subject and ensure students know where to go for help.
The school has teamed up with the charity Livin, which was founded to address stigma around mental illness and raise awareness for suicide prevention.
The cost is $200 per team, with registration at www.livin.org.au
The family-friendly event will be held at Redlands Touch Association, Long Street, Cleveland.