Roebourne carnival a boost for mental health
Roebourne basketball courts were the place to be last weekend when a large proportion of the town turned up for a basketball carnival with a cause.
The third annual Lady Mustangs basketball carnival, which raises funds for mental health awareness, especially in indigenous regional communities, was the biggest yet.
Fourteen men’s teams and seven women’s teams from across the Pilbara competed and about 400 people watched over the weekend.
Roebourne Mystics won the women’s competition when they narrowly defeated Lady Mustangs 37-32 in the grand final, while in the men’s division, Hedland team Spartans beat Magic 38-30.
All profits from tickets sold will go to mental health organisation Beyondblue.
Carnival organiser and Lady Mustangs player Roslyn Alec said the competition was a tribute to a former player and important member of the Roebourne community.
“It all happened when my niece, the captain of the Lady Mustangs, she took her life four years ago,” she said.
“It made me aware that suicide awareness needs to be out there. We need to speak about depression, about anxiety.
“There are agencies and foundations people can look to if they need help, someone they could talk to.
“In her memory I want to put suicide awareness out there.”
Alec said basketball, a much-loved sport in Roebourne, was an ideal way to put the message across.
Carnival co-organiser Abbey Ramirez-Shillingford said suicide was a problem in Roebourne that was not talked about enough, and many did not know where to turn.
If you or someone you know is thinking of suicide, phone Lifeline on 13 11 14.
The Lady Mustangs at their third Roebourne carnival.