Wanneroo City SC have teamed up with a mental health support service to raise awareness of the subject at their match day this Saturday.
The State League Division Two promotion hopefuls will host three games at their Kingsway Sporting Complex home ground, including a big first-team clash against Balga SC at 3pm.
And they will work with headspace Joondalup to turn the day into “headcoach” round.
The campaign is designed to help young men understand that actively maintaining their mental health is just as important as maintaining their physical health, and to share simple tips and advice from high profile athletes that encourage young men to actively maintain their mental health and wellbeing.
headspace Joondalup Community and Youth Engagement Officer Paul Bailey said: “One in seven young men aged between 16 and 24 experience depression or anxiety each year, yet a meagre 13 per cent seek help.
“Headspace statistics show that 60 per cent of young people who seek help at a headspace centre are female and only 38 per cent are male (2 per cent identify as gender diverse).”
Wanneroo City President Dean Bell said he would urge his players to look beyond what’s happening on the pitch to consider what’s happing in the head.
He said: “We will be encouraging our players and supporters to talk with the people from headspace on the day.
“It’s all about raising awareness. As blokes we don’t talk talk about this kind of stuff. A lot of younger people, say 14, 15 up to 19 won’t talk to their parents about it. Maybe this is the pebble that starts the avalanche.
“No one is being pressured to do anything there and then. But if they take a leaflet, say, and make a call at a later date then that’s great.”
This is the latest health initiative by Wanneroo City, who were the first club in WA to set up a Walking football program earlier this year.
headspace Joondalup will be on hand for the three games on the day, with the 18’s at 11am, the Reserves at 1pm and the First Team kicking off at 3pm.
They will be giving away vouchers for the Wanneroo City SC canteen, with footballs and other prizes up for grabs.
– headspace Joondalup is a free confidential service that helps young people aged 12-25 with health and wellbeing services.
headspace, which is based at the ECU Joondalup campus in WA, is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds, along with assistance in promoting young peoples’ wellbeing.
This covers four core areas: mental health, physical health, work and study support and alcohol and other drug services.