Itâ€™s set to be another huge soiree for the 16th annual Youth Focus Night of Nightâ€™s Ball presented by Audi and held at Crown Towers on September 1.
But amidst the glitz and glam is an important mission: to raise awareness and funds for WA youth suffering from depression, anxiety or thoughts of suicide.
Supporting the mission and familiar with potentially triggering high-pressure situations are Fremantle Dockers players Ed Langdon and Alex Pearce.
Pearce, 23 missed out on the entire 2017 football season due to injury, having already missed eight games the previous year because of a fractured tibia.
I missed about 20 months of football and during that time, I had a lot of negative experiences I had to work through
â€śIâ€™ve had friends and family that have struggled with depression, and dealing with some pretty severe injuries over the last couple of years, Iâ€™ve had some struggles myself,â€ť Pearce said.
â€śSo itâ€™s quite rewarding to do some of this work and try raise a bit of awareness and get people talking about it. I missed about 20 months of football and during that time, I had a lot of ups and downs and a lot of negative experiences I had to work through.
â€śBeing able to speak to friends and family and having some really strong connections with teammates and friends around Perth made it a little bit easier.â€ť
Langdon, 22, agreed. â€śIâ€™ve had a few family members that have gone through certain mental health issues and seeing first hand the struggle they go through,â€ť he said.
â€śIt becomes pretty evident that starting the conversation can really help and having that support network in place is really important â€” exactly what Youth Focus does is just encourage that conversation in young people.â€ť
MasterChef Australia 2018 contestant Jenny Lam is donating her time and expertise to create a decadent three-course meal that will be auctioned on the night.
â€śI think whatâ€™s great about the charity is itâ€™s all about pre-emptive measures and to be on the proactive side of that rather than be on the reactive side of that, so fingers crossed we raise lots of money,â€ť she said.
If you or someone you know needs help, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.