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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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    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

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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...

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    30 November 2016 / Chantale Roch

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    We need to talk about the darkness

    14 November 2016 / Alicia Brennan

    We need to talk about the darkness.  Suicide. The road taken when a poor soul feels that there is no way out. Having lost people to suicide...

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    A different kind of inner view: World Mental Health Day

    11 October 2016 / Greg Hire

    *A different kind of inner view: World Mental Health Day* 10th of October; a day that resonates with me in a strong manner. A day that is gathering...

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    A Lesson from the Olympics

    2 September 2016 / Greg Hire

    With the Olympics concluded and the Paralympics just around the corner I thought it was appropriate to discuss the lack of attention these phenomenal athletes have received regarding...

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    ...#ItsOkayToTalk

    23 August 2016 / Greg Hire

    #ItsOkayToTalk ... It’s such an easy thing to say, but in reality it’s a huge challenge for many individuals. For those that are suffering or going through...

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    Living with Major Depressive Disorder Pt.6

    8 August 2016 / Alicia Brennan

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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)