Saturday’s Werribee vs Box Hill clash at Avalon Airport Oval will mark the 10th annual VFL Beyond Blue Cup, with this year’s theme centered around spreading awareness of mental health “one-percenters”.
Beyond Blue Chair and Werribee Football Club patron, Julia Gillard will be in attendance and will present the Cup to the winning team.
The match will highlight the importance of starting conversations about mental health and how people can take daily steps to strengthen their mental wellbeing.
“One-percenters” are those small acts on the field not usually counted in the match statistics, but which can add up to influence a game’s outcome.
In day-to-day life, “one-percenters” such as spending time with friends, staying active, getting enough sleep, and knowing the signs and symptoms of mental health issues can make a big difference to a person’s mental health and wellbeing.
“Beyond Blue has long recognised the importance of working with grass-roots sporting clubs to help change community attitudes,” Ms Gillard said.
“Like those one-percenters in football, simply talking about mental health can make a difference. Making mental health a part of everyday conversations helps eliminate stigma and encourages support-seeking.
“Beyond Blue is delighted to have the continuing support of the Werribee and Box Hill Football Clubs for the tenth time, continuing the conversation about mental health and breaking down the stigma.”
More than three million people in Australia experience depression and anxiety but only 46 per cent of those people access the help they need.
Werribee CEO Mark Penaluna said: “The Werribee Football Club is thrilled to again be taking the field in support of Beyond Blue. We’re looking forward to a great game against the Box Hill Hawks and more importantly, helping break down the stigma around talking about mental health.”
Match Day Activities
- The VFL Beyond Blue Cup between Werribee and Box Hill starts at 2pm.
- Beyond Blue volunteers will be handing out information on the benefits of talking about mental health and will also be handing out Beyond Blue wristbands and collecting donations to raise money for the Support Service.
- Activities such as Footy Handball Targets, Giant Snakes & Ladders and Giant Jenga.
- Players will wear blue BB tape on their wrists.
- WRFL U18 Curtain closer between Hoppers Crossing and Werribee Districts.
If you or someone you care about is struggling, you can talk to mental health professionals 24/7 via the Beyond Blue Support Service on 1300 22 4636, via web chat from 3pm to midnight (AEST) every night at www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support or via email.
Watch to find out what the one percenters away from footy are for Werribee players and coaches