Club is kicking goals for mental health

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Justin FrisSouth Western Times
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Carey Park president Wayne Stewart and league coach Richard Barnard are keen to get behind “Think Mental Health” round this weekend.
Camera IconCarey Park president Wayne Stewart and league coach Richard Barnard are keen to get behind “Think Mental Health” round this weekend. Credit: Justin Fris

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.”

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