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Ambassador Joins Golf Day

Ambassador Joins Golf Day

Beyond Blue Ambassador Nathan Thompson headed to Portland Golf Day in March

Former AFL star Nathan Thompson was a trailblazer on and off the football field, becoming one of the first high-profile sportspeople to go public about depression.

Now the Beyond Blue ambassador will share his story and practice his golf swing as special guest at Portland District Health's annual golf fundraiser on Friday March 13.

The annual golf event, fundraising dinner and charity auction will help to raise funds for four new baby bassinets at a cost of $6000 each.

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This is the eighth golf event and organisers hope to build on the $147,000 raised over the past seven years.

Mr Thompson played 119 games at Hawthorn and 60 with North Melbourne and went public about his depression in 2004, before his move to the Kangaroos.

He was vice-captain at Hawthorn when he was diagnosed with clinical depression, his road to recovery included a focus on taking control of his own health while encouraging others to look after their mental health and eradicate the stigma associated with depression.

After speaking publicly about his experience, Mr Thompson became a Beyond Blue ambassador and worked widely as a media commentator.

Organiser and PDH community engagement and fundraising coordinator, Carolyn Malseed, said PDH was again hoping for strong community support from sponsors and golfers.

"Nathan has an interesting story to tell that will resonate with many people while reaffirming PDH's focus on people looking after their mental health as well as their physical health," she said.

Bookings for golf and dinner are through Portland Golf Club on 5523 2523.

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