Club is kicking goals for men­tal health

South Western Times - - Realestate -

Kelly Park will be a hot­bed of ac­tiv­ity on Satur­day af­ter­noon against Don­ny­brook, ac­cord­ing to Carey Park Foot­ball Club del­e­gate Kevin Lynn.

As part of “Think Men­tal Health” round, the Pan­thers have teamed up with lo­cal stake­hold­ers to of­fer a se­ries of ini­tia­tives on and off the field to pro­mote men­tal health aware­ness.

“We will be the club that runs the only com­mu­nity bar­be­cue in the SWFL,” Lynn said. “We’ll run it be­tween 2pm and 3pm.

“Headspace will be here and there will be plenty of good­ies to give away. We have also pro­vided all of our of­fi­cials with wrist­bands and head­bands.

“We’ve also given a pack to Don­ny­brook so they can do the same.”

SWFL gen­eral man­ager Simone Nani out­lined the se­ri­ous na­ture be­hind the con­cept.

“Alarm­ingly one per­son dies in Western Aus­tralia each day by sui­cide and nearly three out of four of th­ese deaths by sui­cide are male,” she said.

“Th­ese statis­tics are even higher in re­gional Western Aus­tralia and it high­lights the im­por­tance of build­ing re­silience and im­prov­ing the over­all men­tal health and well­be­ing of all West Aus­tralians. As a coun­try foot­ball net­work, we have clubs across the South West which pro­vides us with a great op­por­tu­nity to play an ac­tive role.”

Pic­ture: Justin Fris

Carey Park pres­i­dent Wayne Stew­art and league coach Richard Barnard are keen to get be­hind “Think Men­tal Health” round this week­end.

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