Over 40’s Men’s Health Footy Match

Over 40’s Men’s Health Footy Match this Sunday

Over 40’s Men’s Health Footy

There is sure to be a lot of laugh’s, some sore bodies and hopefully not too many old scores settle as the ‘Tiges’ take on the ‘Doggies’ this Sunday, the 5th of August at Alexandra Oval Ararat for the inaugural Grampians Community Health ‘Healthy Blokes Footy’ Match.

What is sure to be a great community event has an important message that men often don’t take good care of their mental and physical health, and all proceeds from the match will go towards holding Mental Health First Aid courses at local sporting clubs. These courses will provide club members with the tools to recognise when someone is struggling and support people with mental health problems.

Ararat’s Scott Turner who is playing in the match said that men’s lifestyles are the most significant contributor to poor health as they get older. “Knowing that we need to be alert to ours and other blokes mental health is just as important as the need to exercise, having a well-balanced diet to keep a healthy body weight”.

The health of Australia’s males report by The Australian Institute of Welfare stated that only one in four men aged 65 and over get sufficient physical activity, it also reported that males are three times more likely to commit suicide derived from poor lifestyles.

Grampians Community Health CEO Mr Greg Little said that men are often averse to look for treatment from a general practitioner or a specialist when they think something isn’t right.

“The bravado of men compounds their health issues as men are also less likely to use the supports, their mates and other social connections for help needed when things go wrong in their physical and mental health problems.” Said Mr Little

Scott Turner said the support received for the match has taken a life of its own, and it was fantastic to see the support for this good cause.

“We quickly had two great teams of men and women from across the Grampians and Wimmera to play, but as we have been planning the match more and more businesses joined in as they understand the importance of men’s health issues”, said Scott

This match is being supported by Grampians Community Health, AME Systems, The MPC Group, Brendan’s Tours, Western Quarry, Darren Weir Racing, Stawell & Horsham Toyota, Ararat Rural City Council, East Grampians Health, Hotondo Homes, Bakers Brew, Dan Tehan MP, Arduina and Graeme Homburg form Ararat, Sherrin, Frewstall, GWM Water, Fosters Ararat & Stawell and Frewstal”

The game starts at 2pm, gates open from 12 noon.   Gold coin donation entry per person. Souvenir programs, BBQ, food and refreshments available at the ground for purchase.

For more details contact Rachel Whittaker at Grampians Community Health, ph.: 53587400

Football Match

Football Match Fun for an Important Cause

An inaugural over 40’s football match in Ararat in August

This football match will highlight and raise funds for men’s mental health.

The brainchild of former Richmond and Ararat footballer Scott Turner, the Grampians Community Health ‘Healthy Blokes Football Match’ will be held at Alexandra Oval on Sunday August 5th at 2pm. While the game is sure to be a fun social occasion with hopefully not too many sore bodies afterwards, it is also an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of men’s health.

Grampians Community Health CEO Mr Greg Little said that men are more likely than women to experience serious health problems; have a higher mortality rate, and they die in greater numbers than women from almost all non-gender-specific health problems. The data on Australian men’s health also shows higher rates of substance abuse, suicide, and higher mental health problems.

Mr Little said “Men like to think we are tough and are less likely to seek treatment from a general practitioner or other health professionals”

“We are also less likely to have in place the supports and social connections needed when things go wrong such as physical and mental health problems.”

Blokes Health Football Match“Blokes make up an average 75% of suicides every single day in Australia. The number of men who die by suicide in Australia every year is nearly double the national road toll. One in eight males will experience depression at some time in their lives and one in five anxiety. Men experience loneliness more than women, and it’s not just blokes living alone who get lonely”, said Mr Little.

Scott Turner said that he was amazed by the support he has received for the match.

“Within a few days of planning the game, we had 40 men and women from across the Grampians and Wimmera stick their hands up to play, and organisations such as Grampians Community Health, AME Systems, Brendan’s Tours, Western quarry, Darren Weirs racing, Horsham Toyota, Ararat Rural City Council and East Grampians Health service quickly come on board to cover the cost of putting on the match. It has just taken off” said Scott.

All proceeds from the event will go towards holding Mental Health First Aid courses at local sporting clubs. These courses will provide club members with tools to recognise when someone is struggling and support people with mental health problems.

“I truly hope this day will encourage men to take care of their physical and mental health and seek early assistance to prevent health problems arising. This benefits them, their family and the whole community.” said Scott Turner

Game details

  • Date: Sunday 5th August 2018
  • Time: Gates open at 12pm. Game starts 2pm. Gold coin entry.
  • Venue: Alexandra Oval. Food and drink will be available on the day.

For more details contact Rachel Whittaker at Grampians Community Health, ph.: 53587400

drug and alcohol rehabilitation

Innovative Drug And Alcohol Rehabilitation Program To Commence In Horsham Soon

Drug And Alcohol Rehabilitation Program

The Victorian Government, (through the Ice Action Plan), has provided funding for Grampians Community Health to implement the innovative ‘Making a Change’ (or MAC)  drug and alcohol rehabilitation program commencing on July 30th, 2018 in Horsham.

The MAC rehabilitation program will run for a total of eight weeks and requires a commitment from participants to attend three days per week on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, at hours that are complementary to school pickup times.

Kim Brown, Coordinator and Facilitator of the MAC program said “As day rehabilitation is a relatively new concept in our area, and residential rehab programs often have lengthy waiting lists, the MAC program may be of benefit in the interim period, for those wishing to begin to minimise harm now”.

“The beauty of this program is that connections with family, friends, counsellors and community can be maintained throughout the program period, as participants are able to return home at the end of the day” explained Ms Brown.

The MAC program is 100 % free of charge, and provides a safe and confidential environment for anyone ready to make positive lifestyle changes.

MAC Coordinator and Facilitator Sarah Garton said “We are able to offer participants connection through group work as well as personalised support, depending on individual needs and goals”.

Grampians Community Health statistics indicate the Gambling, Alcohol and Drugs team, have supported in excess of 4000 individuals during the previous 24 months, with various drug and alcohol issues.

“We are here to encourage people to make positive changes regarding their substance use and to strengthen connections in their personal lives and community, something that is often lost when in the grips of addiction,” said Ms Garton.

To access the program people need only to make a confidential call to Grampians Community Health on 53587400.

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