Sydney FC has again committed to promoting good mental health by partnering with beyondblue, and taking on Melbourne Victory in the fifth annual beyondblue Hyundai A-League Cup.
Last year, the match was a draw and Sydney FC retained the trophy from 2013. This year, both teams will vie to add another win to their tally on Saturday to take home the trophy.
Despite fierce rivalry between the two sides, both are committed to the message that depression and anxiety don’t discriminate, and can affect anyone of any age and stage in life. Evidence indicates men are less likely to seek support for mental health conditions than women, so it is very important beyondblue reaches out to men through a number of channels, including through sporting clubs.
On Monday, a group of beyondblue speakers, fundraisers and volunteers attended a training day at Sydney FC, where beyondblue Speaker Jeremy Suggett spoke to players, coaches and supporters about his experience of depression and recovery.
beyondblue Chairman The Hon. Jeff Kennett AC said it was great that the opposing teams were committed to playing in The Big Blue and promoting good mental health.
“This weekend will be an entertaining game for soccer fans and I hope this encourages them to take a moment to think about their own mental health and that of their friends,” he said.
“Depression or anxiety is affecting one in six Australians at any time, so it is vital for our message to be heard by everyone, and by participating in The Big Blue we will be able to reach sporting fans and their families.
“beyondblue is very grateful for the continued support of Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory by playing in the beyondblue Hyundai A-League Cup for the fifth year running. With this ongoing support, we can inspire Australian football players and fans take the time to become informed about the importance of maintaining good mental health, in the same way they look after their physical health.”
Sydney FC Captain Alex Brosque said he was looking forward to Saturday's occasion.
“As a club we always enjoy contesting the beyondblue Cup. It’s a great spectacle between two of the Hyundai A-League’s powerhouses and is always a great game," he said.
“We’re proud to be associated with such a notable cause raising awareness for men’s health issues and depression and every bit helps.
“I can’t wait for tomorrow night and hopefully we can leave the field with silverware.”
Mental health professionals are available at the beyondblue Support Service via phone 24/7 on 1300 22 4636 or via www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support for online chat (3pm-12am AEST) or email responses (within 24 hours).
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