Headspace has confirmed the VAFA community raised a total of $1825 throughout the Thick and Thin initiative which took place in Round 17 of the home and away season.

By wearing either light or dark blue football socks, the VAFA playing community aimed to help raise awareness of men’s mental health issues and normalise those concerns by encouraging teammates to start a conversation.

“It’s all about raising awareness of mental health issues in the community but more specifically with young men, and particularly young men who play footy in the VAFA,” Thick and Thin co-founder and University Blacks midfielder Simon Hogan said.

Making the announcement via social media platforms Facebook and Twitter, Thick and Thinshared headspace’s post and said they were “very proud to donate the $1,825 raised from the ‘socks round’ to headspace, the National Youth Mental Health Foundation”.

“Thanks to all in the VAFA HQ community who supported the campaign throughout 2015!”