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Beyond Blue, NRL Bulldogs and Knights team up to raise awareness of depression and anxiety in Mackay in the lead up to the Beyond Blue Cup

02 Jul 2013
Beyond Blue, NRL Bulldogs and Knights have teamed up to raise awareness of depression and anxiety in Mackay in the lead up to the Beyond Blue Cup.

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and the Newcastle Knights will battle it out for the fourth annual NRL Beyond Blue Cup at Virgin Australia Stadium at 3pm on Sunday July 7 following several days of community activities aimed at raising awareness of depression and anxiety in Mackay, particularly among men.

Beyond Blue CEO Kate Carnell AO said this is a great opportunity to reach Rugby League fans and the wider Mackay community. “In Australia one in eight men are likely to experience depression in their lifetime, and one in five men are likely to experience anxiety. These rates are lower than women, but Australian men are more than three times more likely to die by suicide than women, with at least 1727 men dying from suicide in 2011. 

“Beyond Blue has enlisted the help of a newly-created, irreverent character called Dr Brian Ironwood who we want to introduce to Bulldogs and Knights fans. He’s a ‘man’s man’ and as the face of the Man Therapy campaign, he hosts his own website www.mantherapy.org.au,” Ms Carnell said:

Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows that men are much less likely to seek treatment with only 27 per cent of men who have recently experienced a mental health condition getting help for it compared to 40 per cent of women. 

As Dr Brian Ironwood says: “What the f*** is going on?”

With the NRL community saddened by the recent deaths of young players, Ms Carnell said checking out the website might give men of all ages the support they’ve been looking for.

“Dr Ironwood is not a registered practitioner, but his TV ads and his videos on the website aim to improve men’s mental health and encourage them to take action if they think they have anxiety or depression.

“And while you’re on the internet checking out www.mantherapy.org.au, go www.facebook.com/beyondblue and ‘like’ us for a chance to win a signed Bulldogs or Knights jersey,” she said.

In Mackay in the lead up to the game, the Bulldogs will host and participate with the Knights in community events to promote Beyond Blue's message that staying mentally healthy is as important as staying physically healthy and that it’s important to take action to recover if you think you may have depression or anxiety. 

A free community forum to which everyone is invited will be held at 6.00 pm on Friday 5 July at the Mackay Entertainment Centre.

Speakers will include a panel of sporting personalities who understand how important it is to maintain good mental health and how necessary it is to take action if you or a mate are not coping. 
  • Bulldogs NRL Legend Terry Lamb and recently-retired player Steve Turner 
  • Beyond Blue Ambassador and Newcastle-based ABC sports commentator Craig Hamilton who will speak about his experience of bipolar disorder and how he stays well. 
  • Mackay Cutters executive officer Glenn Ottaway who will discuss how players and club members were affected and are coping following the tragic and sudden passing of one of the club’s rising stars. 
  • Local mental health services will have information stalls at the forums and Beyond Blue staff will distribute free information resources. 
Bulldogs CEO Todd Greenberg said Beyond Blue is a much valued community partner of the Bulldogs and he hopes the forum will give people an opportunity to learn more about anxiety and depression and to help reduce stigma. “I think we all know someone who has confronted issues around mental health. We hope that these discussions will give us a better understanding of what we can do as a community to help those in need of assistance,” Mr Greenberg said.

Newcastle Knights CEO Matt Gidley said he looks forward to the annual event with the Bulldogs and Beyond Blue. "It is fantastic we can partner once again with the Bulldogs to raise awareness of depression and anxiety through Beyond Blue. Mental health is not only an important issue in our game but also in society and we hope we can play a part in raising awareness for those affected by depression and anxiety when we play for the Beyond Blue Cup in Mackay,” Mr Gidley said.  

Activities to be held in the lead up to the Beyond Blue Cup on Sunday

 

11.00am to 2.30pm

Thursday
4 July

Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal

Main Security Gate

Media invited to attend onsite – For security purposes, please confirm attendance by COB Wednesday, 4 July to Sharon Johnston:

0401 281 215  or sharon.johnston@dbct.com.au

  • Ex-Bulldogs Terry Lamb and Steve Turner will visit the terminal and chat to workers.
  • Beyond Blue Workplace Training sessions will be conducted with staff on how to recognise depression and anxiety in a workmate and how to assist them to get help.

10.00am for 10.30 start to 12.30pm

Friday
5 July

School Holiday Rugby League Clinic for kids aged 12 to 15 at 

Mackay Sports Ground
2 Casey Avenue 
South Mackay

  • Bulldogs and Knights (full squad) players will conduct the clinic and Beyond Blue station will host an activity station.
  • Talk to players, join in a range of activities and find out why sport is good for your mental health.

1.30 to 3.00pm

Friday 
5 July

Mackay Medicare Local Information Session at

Suncorp Building
Level 2/ 123 Victoria Street
Mackay

  • Beyond Blue will conduct an information session about its current awareness campaigns and programs for staff and local service providers including headspace.

4.00 to 5.00pm

Friday
5 July

Open Day at the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Service at
31 Gregory Street
Mackay

  • Beyond Blue will  conduct an information session, for Health Service staff and local community members, about Beyond Blue's Indigenous resources and campaigns
  • Ex-Bulldogs Terry Lamb and Steve Turner will attend the Open Day and meet and greet community members.

6.00 to 7.30pm

Friday
5 July

Free community forum to raise awareness about depression and anxiety at the Mackay Entertainment Centre
Alfred Street
Mackay

  • Bulldogs NRL Legend Terry Lamb and recently-retired Steve Turner
  • Bulldogs CEO Todd Greenberg – TBC
  • Beyond Blue Ambassador, Newcastle-based ABC sports commentator, Craig Hamilton
  • Mackay Cutters executive officer Glenn Ottaway
  • Local mental health services will have information stalls.
  • Beyond Blue staff will distribute information resources.

Around 3.30pm

Saturday
6 July

Bulldogs open training session at the Virgin Australia Stadium

  • Public is invited to attend

9.30am – 10.30am

Saturday
6 July

Knights open training session at Virgin Australia Stadium

  • Public is invited to attend

1pm – President’s Lunch

3pm – Game starts

Sunday
7 July

Beyond Blue Cup at Virgin Australia Stadium – Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs v Newcastle Knights

  • Beyond Blue CEO Kate Carnell AO and Beyond Blue Board Director, Brisbane-based psychiatrist Prof Brett McDermott will attend the President’s lunch
  • Beyond Blue Ambassador and highly-decorated retired police officer, Allan Sparkes will speak about his experience of depression and his recovery. Allan is the author of The Cost of Bravery. www.penguin.com.au/products/9781921901577/cost-bravery
  • Competition: Win a free signed Bulldogs or Knights jersey by liking Beyond Blue on facebook www.facebook.com/beyondblue
  • Man therapy ads featuring Dr Brian Ironwood will feature on the big screen – check out www.mantherapy.org.au
  • Beyond Blue volunteers will be giving away wristbands and depression and anxiety information resources.

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