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As the Co-Vice Captain of the Perth Wildcats I reached the pinnacle of my career in April 2014, winning the NBL Championship but things could have been very different.

Representing the club that I grew up admiring and dreaming to play for is a tremendous honour. I've shared some incredible highlights with some fantastic teammates but I have also experienced some bug hurdles along the way.

As my role has grown within the club, my commitment to the community has expanded.

Forming some incredible friendships I’ve also been able to grow as a person. Moments in my life I cherish, my wedding day, winning a championship and mentoring some amazing individuals, all have been very rewarding. To know that I've helped shaped lives in a positive manner and help save a life is humbling.

I've been very lucky in my life that I’ve achieved some incredible feats, but that hasn’t come easy. I’ve experienced challenges and obstacles, but the way you deal with adversity helps shape you as a person.

I have been moulded over time through a number of experiences. I cannot ignore my past, and there was a time there where my life could have gone down a different path. Drugs & alcohol and anti-social behaviour were all prevalent in my past. I struggled with negative thoughts and consequently my actions aligned with harmful behaviour to others and myself.

Fortunately I had extremely supportive friends and family to mentor and guide me.

Mental illness does not discriminate. From elite sportsmen, to public personalities, to everyday men, women and youth - mental illness can affect each of us at different points in our lives, making an organisation like Youth Focus vital.

I'm proud to support a fantastic organisation like Youth Focus and encourage everyone to break down the stigma surrounding mental illness. It takes a great act of courage to step out and seek help. With only 17% of Youth Focus funding coming from Government Grants, additional help is so important and greatly appreciated.

Greg Hire | Co-Vice Captain, Perth Wildcats

So far we have raised $7,900 with the help of generous donations, auctions, sponsors and other networks.

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    Growth Isn't Always Linear

    10 October 2017 / Greg Hire

    Sitting here on World Mental Health Day, and more specifically Mental Health Week in Western Australia, I couldn’t help but be inspired by the amount of people coming...

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    Unattainable Goals

    22 August 2017 / Nat Medhurst

    Originally posted http://commonwealthgames.com.au/nat-medhurst-unattainable-goals/ *By Nat Medhurst* Goal setting, especially amongst athletes, is always spoken about and something that everyone is encouraged to do whether it is in relation to business goals,...

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    The Other Side of Rock Bottom

    3 August 2017 / Georgia Parri

    If you met me on the street today, you’d never know that four years ago, my life was teetering on the edge of absolute destruction. Today, I’m known...

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    Wanting Is Reason Enough

    2 May 2017 / Sammi Nicholls

    When I was in Year Six, one of my biggest accomplishments—in my eyes, anyway—was typing at over 100 words per minute. I know, I know. What kid is...

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    My Mental Health Recovery Story

    26 April 2017 / Rahul Seth

    Success is a journey, not a destination. These words were inscribed on an award I won from my checkout assistant days, at Coles. And only now I...

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    The Unseen Courage

    24 April 2017 / Kelly Wester

    “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’” – Mary Anne Radmacher Every now...

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    A Letter To Myself

    27 February 2017 / Brittany Rodger

    Dear friend, I know how you’re feeling. I know the exhaustion that stretches across your skin and the emptiness returning to your chest after a difficult period in...

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    Taking the Next Steps: Mental Health & Professional Sports

    24 February 2017 / Greg Hire

    Sport comes with injuries; it’s a fact of life. Whether it’s a rolled ankle or fractured arm, a pulled hammy or a broken nose, play long enough...

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    The Power of Gratitude

    12 December 2016 / Greg Hire

    *Thank you;* two words we utter daily, and yet we often neglect to acknowledge their true power and meaning. What does it really mean to say thank you and...

HELPING YOUNG WEST AUSTRALIANS DEALING WITH MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES SINCE 1994.

Statistic sources: (ABS, 2012) (WA Ombudsman Report on Suicide 2014. (63 in 2013)) (Black Dog Institute)