Jubilee Oval is the place to be this Friday night and Saturday morning if you want to support a great mental health program while sitting back and enjoying a few rounds with your footy loving friends and community.
Lifeline Broken Hill Country to Coast (LLBHC2C) is warming up to host the annual How’s Ya Mate (HYM) Round – a mental health and wellbeing program that aims to improve the mental wellbeing of sporting club communities by providing suicide prevention training, counselling, and the skills to break down conversation and stigmas associated with mental health.
The HYM women’s round will be held at the Jubilee Oval on Friday, with Central vs North kicking off at 6pm, followed by South vs West. And the next morning (Saturday May 6), the fun continues with the HYM men’s round kicking off at the Jubilee Oval from 9am.
LLBHC2C CEO Scott Hammond told the Truth, “the AFL community continue to be great supporters of this initiative. On the back of winning the Outstanding Achievement in Mental Health Promotion Award, we are excited to once again host the HYM round in season 2023.”
There will be plenty of entertainment for the kids, including face painting, temporary tattoos, and a jumping castle. A barbeque will also be held and all HYM merchandise will be available to purchase in support of the HYM program.
This year LLBHC2C is focussing on supporting the community through all local football clubs and local schools.
Emphasising the importance of looking after your own and other’s mental wellbeing, special guests Sydney Swans great and current Head Coach of the GIANTS Academy Tadgh Kennelly, and AFLW retired footy star, premiership player, and former netball All Australian – now AFLW Development Coach and VFLW Senior Coach, Kirby Bentley – have been visiting Broken Hill High, Willyama High School, and Menindee Central School this last week to host a skills clinic funded by the NSW government’s Children and Young People Wellbeing Recovery Initiative.
Mr Hammond added, “although this week is focused on the HYM round we are grateful that we received significant funds through the Regional Youth Investment Program to expand the program into other sports. The program will continue to provide additional support through the AFL season, where clubs can access our services through counselling, training, and education.”
For more information, visit: howsyamate.org.au