Lions lead pack for mental health

By Corowa Free Press

The Wahgunyah Lions Football Netball Club are leading by example when it comes to being proactive about mental health, as the club hosts an awareness event tonight and is raising money for beyond blue at this weekends game.

The awareness and information nights objective is to open up the conversation around mental health within sporting clubs, which in the past has been neglected.

“We thought it would be a good opportunity to open the doors to everyone in the community to bring some awareness and education to the forefront of mental health, WFNC President Brett Skinner said.

“It’s often a silent issue in society, particularly around sporting clubs where some people might not feel like it’s okay to speak up if somethings wrong.

“We acknowledge that often sport and sporting clubs are an outlet, and people should feel comfortable to say if they’re struggling or if something isn’t right.

The club has partnered with Headspace Albury-Wodonga to have a speaker on the night, with things kicking off from 6pm at the Wahgunyah Club Rooms.

The Lions are extending an invite to anyone in the community to attend in hopes that they can reduce the stigma and open a dialogue around taboo subjects within the community.

The club aims to host ongoing presentations in the coming months, covering topics such as; domestic violence, respect for women and drug and alcohol abuse, just to name a few.

At this week’s match against Yackandandah, the two clubs will be participating in a Beyond Blue game to raise money for the foundation. Players will be wearing blue arm bands during the game, and Beyond Blue wrist bands will be available for a donation.

Mr Skinner is urging the community to come out and show their support for a cause that needs to be amplified within the community.

“If even one person walks out of there on Wednesday night or attends the game on Saturday and walks away deciding that they’re going to be proactive about their mental health, then that’s fantastic and we’ve done what we can,” he said.