Tackling depression

From left: West Coast Wolverines players Jack O'Reilly, Ryan Cope, Josh Vote will help host the beyondblue Bowl to raise awareness of depression and anxiety. Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d408931
From left: West Coast Wolverines players Jack O'Reilly, Ryan Cope, Josh Vote will help host the beyondblue Bowl to raise awareness of depression and anxiety. Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d408931

The Wolverines will host the beyondblue Bowl at their new home ground Arena Joondalup to increase awareness of depression and anxiety.

They will be playing against the Claremont Jets in the second round of the Gridiron West American Football League competition and while championship points are up for grabs, president Damian Lane said the focus was on raising awareness for beyondblue.

‘We see depression and anxiety as conditions which affect a large proportion of men in our age group,’ Lane said.

‘As well as affecting men directly, we are also looking to build awareness amongst the playing group to keep an eye out for their mates, as well as partners, as they enter marriage and parenthood.

‘Too many lives are lost to depression and anxiety, especially when you consider the fact that these conditions are totally treatable.

‘More often than not, a call to someone like beyondblue will allow the affected person to seek appropriate support and potentially save their life.’

The beyondblue Bowl will kick off with the junior teams at 6.30pm, followed by the main event at 8pm. Entertainment will include face painting, balloon twisting, performances from the Denise Dance School and the Mater Dei College Band and an appearance from the Western Force’s Sam Wykes.

Entry is free.