The annual Pinjarra vs Waroona Mental Health Clash footy game was held on Friday 4th September. Sir Ross McLarty oval was packed with people who came to support both clubs and also to farewell Ben Walsh who tragically lost his life to suicide earlier this year.
This annual match is held to break the stigma surrounding mental health issues and raise much needed awareness about its prevalence in our community. Sadly, both communities understand only too well, the impact of mental illness and suicide. The football match has become an annual highlight for them and for GP down south.
The Peel Youth Medical Service (PYMS) is the grateful recipient of the fundraising done on the night. Prizes were secured from a range of local businesses and $1000 was donated to PYMS to help us continue the work we do to support our communities. The game was well supported by GP down south and PYMS staff – who all enjoyed a great game and fun evening.
“If we are able to help just one person to reach out and get the support they need then, the Mental Health Clash 2020 will be worth it. Please remember, it’s okay to not be okay & that it’s not weak to reach out and ask for help! As Daryl said, we hope next year’s clash in Waroona, won’t have anyone’s name written on the oval “ Pinjarra Football & Netball Club spokesperson.
GP down south is an exemplary not-for-profit community organisation. We have been providing health and wellbeing services in the Peel regions and the South West of WA since 1994.