Healthway and the WACFL partnership to foster positive mental health

Friday, February 15, 2019 - 8:36 AM

The WA Country Football League is excited to share the announcement of a new three year partnership with Healthway to promote the Think Mental Health message throughout Country WA.

The Think Mental Health club program will be rolled-out across the 25 Country Football Leagues from the Kimberley to Esperance engaging around 130,000 West Australians.

The partnership will provide opportunities to build football clubs’ capacity to respond to mental health concerns and create environments that support social inclusion and connectedness.

"Mental health can affect anyone and a public education campaign like the Think Mental Health campaign coupled with the great work Regional Men’s Health and the Talk to a Mate message is already doing within our Country Clubs is the first step to highlighting the importance of talking and listening" said Acting WACFL General Manager Brent Sheridan.

"The campaigns key message of checking in on a mate, talking and listening is at the heart of what our football clubs are about and the role that they play within our regional communities". 

As there is a link between alcohol and drug use and mental health, clubs will also be supported to develop strategies regarding responsible service of alcohol and reducing alcohol and drug related harm, with support from the Australian Drug Foundation’s Good Sports WA and regional prevention stakeholders.

Think Mental Health is a state-wide public education campaign for all West Australians. The current campaign targets men aged 25-54 and their family and friends with messages about the importance of talking and listening, and that mental health issues can affect anyone.

For more information contact (08) 9287 5584 or email wacountry@wafc.com.au