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Greg Inglis tells his story in Bourke and Walgett

Greg Inglis with Bourke PCYC helpers, Rozaria Suckling, Bailee Waller, Koby Knight, Jaimyn Moore and Braith Kelly. Photo TWH

League legend Greg Inglis was in Bourke and Walgett last week on a special mission – and it had nothing to do with football.

The former Kangaroo, Queensland, Storm and Rabbitohs powerhouse travelled to Bourke and Walgett to talk about mental health, through the Goanna Academy, a mental health education provider, which Greg founded following his own health battles.

The Goanna Academy is the first accredited and Indigenous-owned mental health education provider in Australia.

Greg has devoted his post football career to sharing his story and the skills he has developed, to empower young people facing challenges in their own lives.

The Goanna Academy partnered with NSW Education Department, the Police and the PCYC to deliver the program, with the support of the Bourke and Walgett shire councils.

“It’s about bringing awareness to preventative mental health and demonstrating the difference between mental illness and mental health,” Greg said.

“The Goanna Academy workshops cater to all young people, but we are getting involved with kids from Year 5 to their late 30s.

“What I talk about is a very personal thing - without a doubt it’s raw and there’s nothing hidden. It’s very open and out there, and that’s because I am trying to help the next generation coming through.

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