ReGen welcomes Brett Lee's support challenging AOD stigma (18/12/14)

BL-2 Edited No-textMelbourne, VIC, 18th December 2014 – UnitingCare ReGen, the lead alcohol and other drug treatment and education agency of UnitingCare Victoria & Tasmania, today welcomed the support of legendary Australian cricketer Brett Lee for the agency’s work.

Mr Lee said he was happy to use his public profile to help build community understanding of alcohol and other drug issues and challenge the stigmatisation of people experiencing related harms:

Nearly half of Australians have tried illicit drugs such as cannabis at some point in their lives. We need to challenge the usual stereotypes if we’re going to have an informed discussion about drug use.

He said it was important for community members to be aware of the supports that are available for individuals and family members:

ReGen do amazing work. It’s inspiring to see lives changing; people getting the help they need.

Life is complicated. Some of us face more challenges than others. Changing behaviour is hard but, with the right support, people can rebuild their lives.

ReGen have been helping people and their families for over 40 years. If you or a family member are struggling with alcohol or other drugs, give ReGen a call.

ReGen CEO, Laurence Alvis, said:

We really appreciate Brett’s support. Alcohol and other drugs can be a very polarising issue and community attitudes have a significant impact on people’s capacity to start making changes in their lives and get the help they need.

In donning the ReGen colours and providing us with signed memorabilia (cricket shirts and bats) to display at our different services, Brett is helping us challenge the stigma often experienced by the people who use our services. The response from our consumers has been terrific: amazed and very appreciative that someone with his profile is willing to stand beside them and help reduce the impact of stigma.

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For further information or comment please contact Laurence Alvis (03 9384 8880 or media contact Paul Aiken (0435 875 818).