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Wayne Schwass hopes Majak Daw incident is the “wake-up call” the AFL needs

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Former North Melbourne premiership player and mental health advocate Wayne Schwass says money “doesn’t equate” to happiness off the football field.

It comes after footballer Majak Daw fell from the Bolte Bridge overnight.

Mr Schwass told Justin Smith mental health doesn’t discriminate.

“We need to accept that mental health conditions can affect rich or poor,” he said.

“I would invest time into creating a safe space for somebody who is under emotional stress to talk.

“Our health and wellbeing are ultimately our responsibility.”

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Schwass said the AFL had a “responsibility and obligation” to support players.

“I hope this is the wake up call for the industry to acknowledge this is a big problem,” he said.

Anyone struggling with mental illness can call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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