School break up has coincided with World Health Day which is this year focusing on depression. Youth suicide rates in Samoa are amongst the worst in the world so Netball Samoa, supported by Australian Aid, teamed up with the university for a day combining sport and strategy for coping with, and avoiding, depression.
Sport is a globally recognised - and increasingly utilised - vehicle to achieve development outcomes. The Australian Government strongly supports these outcomes through its targeted sport for development programs in the Asia-Pacific region.
Sport fosters social cohesion through engaging with communities experiencing conflict, and by providing opportunities for disengaged groups within society such as youths.
Australia Plus: Students' sports strategy to slash Samoan suicide statistics on World Health Day