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 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
- 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