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Thursday, 2 May 2019

Saints star set for mental health break


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St Kilda is set to be without star midfielder Jack Steven for an extended period after the club announced he would take time off to focus on his mental health and wellbeing.

Steven, who won the Saints' best and fairest award for the fourth time in 2018, had an interrupted pre-season after taking a short break to fight his mental health issues before returning to the side in Round 1.

However, after appearing in four of the Saints' first six games of the 2019 season, St Kilda's general manager of football Simon Lethlean revealed that the 29-year-old would take an extended break.

Jack Steven

"The club and Jack have been working on managing his health and well-being over many months," Lethlean told the club website.

"The best option at present for Jack to fully overcome his challenges is to take an extended break away from football.

"We don't have an exact time-frame on how long that will be but the club will continue to provide as much support as possible.

"We ask again that Jack be given the time and privacy to deal with this matter."

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14, Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 or Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800

St Kilda is set to be without star midfielder Jack Steven for an extended period after the club announced he would take time off to focus on his mental health and wellbeing.

Steven, who won the Saints' best and fairest award for the fourth time in 2018, had an interrupted pre-season after taking a short break to fight his mental health issues before returning to the side in Round 1.

However, after appearing in four of the Saints' first six games of the 2019 season, St Kilda's general manager of football Simon Lethlean revealed that the 29-year-old would take an extended break.

Jack Steven

"The club and Jack have been working on managing his health and well-being over many months," Lethlean told the club website.

"The best option at present for Jack to fully overcome his challenges is to take an extended break away from football.

"We don't have an exact time-frame on how long that will be but the club will continue to provide as much support as possible.

"We ask again that Jack be given the time and privacy to deal with this matter."

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14, Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 or Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800

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