Blighty and Jerilderie Football and Netball clubs both dug deep on Saturday, raising about $2000 for the Black Dog Institute.
Blighty Football and Netball Club hosted Jerilderie in round 14 of the Picola League, which doubled as a Black Dog Awareness Day.
The day saw Blighty footballers and netballers wear black socks to support the Black Dog Institute, which is a global pioneer in the identification, prevention and treatment of mental illness.
Blighty Netball Club president Andy Lostroh said both clubs and their supporters got right behind the day.
‘‘Even though our gate numbers were down on the average, our raffle was really well supported,’’ Mr Lostroh said.
‘‘All the Blighty footballers and netballers really got involved on the day wearing their black socks and armbands, and the Jerilderie teams really got behind it as well.
‘‘We made sure we had information available for anyone who needed it on how to seek support.
‘‘The day was sponsored by CareSouth and Murray Hut Clothing in Finley, and we rally want to thank them for that support.’’
Mr Lostroh said the club wanted to host the Black Dog Awareness Day in recognition that mental illness affects people from all walks of life.
‘‘The message of the day was to raise awareness of mental health, and with the support of the local media I think we got that out there,’’ he said.
‘‘Our day did encourage more people to open up about what’s going on in their lives, and there are plenty of people that can be contacted if you need help.
‘‘Everyone is part of our community and we wanted to let people know there is always someone there to listen.
‘‘There are more mental health issues out there than we are possibly aware of.
‘‘We’ve recently had AFL stars open up about their battles with mental health so it can happen to anyone.
‘‘Raising funds is just one way that we can help in having a mentally healthier world.’’
Finds raised on the day will assist the Black Dog Institute to continue to offer programs that improve the lives of people affected by mental illness through the rapid translation of high quality research into improved clinical treatments, increased accessibility to mental health services and delivery of long-term public health solutions.
Mr Lostroh said people needing help or assistance can seek more information about their programs at www.blackdoginstitute.org.au.