Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Deputy Premier; Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade; Hydrogen Industry; Tourism; Science

Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Minister for Emergency Services; Innovation and the Digital Economy; Medical Research; Volunteering

    Country football kicks goals for mental health

    13/10/2021 10:00 AM
    • $855,000 grant over three years continues supporting mental health and wellbeing
    • Program raises awareness and delivers activities for positive mental health in regional communities 

    Health Minister Roger Cook today announced the WA Country Football League (WACFL) has been awarded a three-year Healthway grant totalling $855,000 to continue its mental health promotion program.


    The McGowan Government originally supported this program for three years and will continue to support the program for another three, to build on these established foundations and extend the program to provide training and education activities for WACFL participants and its communities.


    The program is a collaboration between Healthway, the WACFL, the Department of Justice, the Mental Health Commission, and The University of Western Australia.


    The WACFL is the governing body for country football with 25 senior leagues, 150 clubs, 12,500 players and 5,000 volunteers across Western Australia.  


    Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:


    "This Healthway funding continues to help promote and grow the program so that more Western Australians have access to mental health and wellbeing support.


    "The program aims to reduce the stigma associated with mental health, and to promote strategies on how to maintain good mental health and access support services in regional communities."


    Comments attributed to Mental Health Minister Stephen Dawson:


    "Regional footy clubs are really great places for community members to connect with other people and feel they belong.


    "This is especially important when you consider that people from country areas - particularly men - can and do suffer from poor mental health.


    "It's great news that the Think Mental Health program will continue for another three years.


    "Early and targeted campaigns have proven to be effective and help people seek support sooner and where they need it."


    Minister's office - 6552 6500