The Singleton Roosters junior football club joined many AFL communities from across the state when promoting the R U OK? campaign this morning.
AFL NSW/ACT and R U OK? have combined in an exciting partnership to highlight the need to support and connect with anyone struggling with their mental health.
R U OK? want to create a world where we are all connected and are protected from suicide by encouraging people to reach out and ask, “Are you OK?”.
R U OK? works with a number of organisations that are looking to create stronger connections to start conversations and prevent suicide.
At local level, junior players donned yellow socks and received wrist bands while Owen Trickey (under-9), Ryan Stafa (under-11) and Blayne Chandler (under-13) also recieved R U OK Round man of the match medals in their respective clashes.
AFL NSW/ACT CEO, Sam Graham says the leagues were excited to show a united front in relation to the conversation around mental health.
“We are excited to have R U OK? on board as our mental health partner and are looking forward to R U OK? Round in early August,” Graham said.
“R U OK? Round will look to encourage clubs around the state and territory to get involved in the conversation surrounding mental health.
“Our leagues and clubs provide great environments and supportive frameworks, where mateship and loyalty are at the core of our game.
“R U OK? Round will open even more avenues for awareness for mental health, and challenge everyone within our game to make sure that they ask that important question – are you ok?”
By Alex Tigani