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The inaugural #lookafteryourcoach advocacy campaign was initiated and resourced by M5 Management in response to regular observation of poor or compromised mental health in sporting coaches, combined with feedback from the sports industry and further research.
The #lookafteryourcoach campaign was initiated on the premise that support of the mental health of coaches/community leaders will enable sport, athlete wellbeing and physical activity levels to thrive in alignment with the Sport 2030 National Sport Plan. Coaches will also be better trained to provide mental health support to athletes.

The campaign is simple, in order to put the mental health of coaches across Australia on the agenda, M5 is asking the sporting community to acknowledge one of the most important roles in sport and the wider community the role of coach. It is one of the hardest jobs going they are often taken for granted and the first to take any blame for a team's actions or poor performance (regardless of whether they are paid or volunteers). It is often overlooked that sport at any level cannot exist without a coach.

The primary goal of this campaign is to raise awareness and fundraise for Rett Syndrome Association of Australia. To picture a girl with Rett Syndrome, imagine the symptoms of Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Parkinson's and Epilepsy all wrapped up in one little girl.

Rett Syndrome is a serious lifelong neurological disorder that is caused by random mutations in a gene called MECP2. Diagnosed almost exclusively in girls, symptoms typically appear in toddlerhood. Many children with Rett are unable to speak, walk or use their hands. Breathing problems, feeding tubes, seizures, anxiety, gastrointestinal and orthopaedic issues are common. Despite the debilitating nature of the disorder our girls are so much more than a laundry list of symptoms. Their beauty and their strength inspire and motivate us. Click the image to donate now.

If you've never heard of AS, you're not alone. Arthritis Australia estimates that around one-to-two per cent of the Australian population are living with AS. The disease is believed to be genetic but only one in every eight people who have the HLA-B27 gene will develop AS. The condition usually first appears between the ages of 15-40 years and is about three times more common in men than in women.

Fast forward to May 1st 2016 and Max was on the start line at the Port Macquarie Ironman. Completing the Ironman was a goal he had set since watching his father, Phil Stoneman, complete many races. With the support of Arthritis Australia and his fellow competitors, Max completed the Port Macquarie Ironman and inspired a generation of arthritis suffers.

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