Edgewater man joins with Joondalup gym to fight against mental illness


Stephen Walton (gym owner) and Jamie Raine. Picture: Bruce Hunt d474456
Stephen Walton (gym owner) and Jamie Raine. Picture: Bruce Hunt d474456

AN Edgewater resident is partnering with a Joondalup gym to fight against mental illness in a free boxing class.

Through his company Youth Pop, Jamie Raine (20) will team up with M1FC Mixed Martial Arts and Fitness centre coach Stephen Walton to host the ‘Fight against mental illness’ workshop for 15 to 25-year-olds this Saturday.

“Both companies have collaborated to build an hour-and-a-half class which consists of a talk about mental health in young adults and the basics of boxing,” Mr Raine said.

“The class aims to teach young adults about mental health and how exercise can help manage mental health issues by boosting serotonin levels in the brain.”

Mr Raine started Youth Pop after overcoming anxiety and depression to provide a service he wished he had had as a young adult.

“I realised mental illness was not a curse but a blessing, if used with the right perspective,” he said.

“After experiencing mental health issues I realised how many other young adults were also experiencing the same issue and had no support.

“Youth Pop is a stand against mental illness and hopes to open discussions and opportunities for young adults.”

Mr Raine said the October 28 workshop was one of many Youth Pop workshops, and his company was also working in schools, child care services and gyms.

What: Fight against mental illness workshop
Who: Youth Pop with M1FC MMA and Fitness centre
When: 1pm on Saturday, October 28
Where: 139 Winton Road, Joondalup
More: visit Youth Pop and Mach1 Facebook pages

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