Thick & Thin

Melbourne, Partners

One in 4 young people in Australia will experience a mental health issue at some point. With some 10,000 young men playing in the VAFA each week, mental health issues are likely to prevalent at all clubs.

THiCK & THiN is a player led initiative that will primarily focus on:

  1. Creating awareness of men’s mental health within the VAFA, and the normalisation of mental health concerns;
  2. Encouraging team mates to have a conversation if they notice any signs of mental health issues within themselves or others; and
  3. Acting as a signpost for those either experiencing a mental illness or those supporting a mate through hard times.

In 2015, the major components of THiCK & THiN will include:

  • Consistent engagement and ongoing information provided to VAFA players related to seeking help and supporting teammates;
  • Collaboration with headspace, the National Youth Mental Health Foundation;
  • A THiCK & THiN round to include dedicated awareness raising activities including featured teams playing in dark and light blue socks; and
  • Active Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts to promote the initiative.

How did Thick and Thin come about?


Check out the stories of a couple of VAFA Footballers below.

Fact Sheets

Alcohol_web Anxiety_web Depression_web Tobacco_web What is mental health_web


Key Sites


Kids help line
1800 55 1800
Beyond Blue
1300 22 4636
eheadspace – for online and telephone counselling
1800 650 890
Lifeline Australia
13 11 14
One in Five