Sydney FC To Play For beyondblue Cup

In a competition that is still growing and edging ever closer to its potential, the Hyundai A-League already has a world-class rivalry.

In a competition that is still growing and edging ever closer to its potential, the Hyundai A-League already has a world-class rivalry.

The two cities- history may have stoked the first flames of competition, but it is the passion shown by Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory players and Members each time they clash that has turned theirs into one of the league-s most anticipated fixtures.

That is why for the third consecutive year, beyondblue is supporting the beyondblue Hyundai A-League Cup between these two giants of Australian football.

beyondblue wants to harness the excitement and enthusiasm that surround this rivalry and use it to raise awareness about depression and anxiety.

If every Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory fan who watches this Saturday-s game learns a bit more from this, the impact on Australia-s mental health would be phenomenal.

Suicide is the biggest killer of people aged between 15 and 44 in Australia and the statistics around male suicides are even more shocking.

Australian males are three times more likely to die by suicide than females, yet remain far less likely to seek support for conditions such as depression and anxiety.

This is because too many men and boys still wrongly see these conditions as a sign of weakness and think that getting support is a further sign of failure.

But figures show that over the course of a lifetime, one in eight Australian men will experience depression and one in five will experience some type of anxiety disorder.

Depression and anxiety can affect anyone, including the toughest of blokes, and it takes guts to tackle these challenges.

That is why it-s important to not only look out for your teammates, but for yourself too, and have the balls to get support if you need it.

To help men learn more about good mental health, beyondblue recently launched www.mantherapy.com.au , which delivers these serious messages in a light-hearted way.

Anyone can tackle these challenges, they just might need a bit of support.

LET'S TAKE VICTORY:- Another bumper crowd is expected when Sydney FC take on Melbourne Victory at Allianz Stadium on Saturday 9th November, kick off 7.45pm. Don't miss another electric atmosphere and purchase your ticket from TICKETEK by clicking here.