Jason Ball is the 2017 Young Australian of the Year for Victoria, honouring his work as a passionate community advocate for LGBTI equality and mental health.
Since publicly coming out in 2012, Jason has become a national figurehead on combatting homophobia in sport and highlighting the damaging impact of homophobia on the mental health and wellbeing of the LGBTI community.
Jason has also been a champion of mental health reform in his role as government relations officer for the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre where he has been at the coalface of change, harnessing new technologies to support children, teens and young adults struggling with mental ill health. He regularly visited Canberra in this role, working with politicians from all sides of politics to invest more in this chronically under-funded sector.
Reason for supporting Wear it Purple:
Every young person deserves to feel safe, respected and affirmed in all areas of their life, especially at school. Wear It Purple gives schools the opportunity to celebrate diversity, challenge homophobia and let same-sex attracted and gender diverse young people know that they should feel proud of who they are.