After losing a close friend to suicide when he was growing up, Paul Hasleby knows just how crucial support networks can be for people battling mental health issues.
The loss has prompted the former Fremantle Docker to lend his support to Lifeline WA.
Since retiring from professional football, Hasleby has become well known for his work in the field of suicide prevention.
He said Lifeline WA needed more money to train volunteers to help more people in their time of need.
"I support Lifeline because they are the last level of support - they can often be the saviour that gets people back to a healthy mindset and lifestyle," Hasleby said. "Lifeline offers that extra support if they don't feel comfortable talking to people in their own support networks."
Hasleby, who will run the 12km course in the HBF Run for a Reason on May 26 as an ambassador for Lifeline WA, said he was not as fit as he was in his football heyday, so he would be training hard.
This year's event, which also includes a 4km course, will start in the CBD and finish at Gloucester Park.Both courses start on William Street, near the Hay Street mall.
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