Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Backing Our Boys; When It Counts, Help Is Always There When It Comes to the Clarence Community's Willingness to Support

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Backing Our Boys; When It Counts, Help Is Always There When It Comes to the Clarence Community's Willingness to Support

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Byline: Tim Howard tim.howard@dailyexaminer.com.au

THE biggest surprise about putting together an event to raise money and awareness for men's mental health in the Clarence Valley is how easy it has been, says Yeah the Boys founder Theresa Kelly.

"Everyone's been so helpful and wanting to be part of it," MsKelly said.

"It's like it was something they were just waiting to be part of."

She said Grafton Speedway's Troy Savile was a good example of the overwhelmingly positive response the organisers encountered.

"I hadn't even finished explaining what I had in mind and he said 'we're in'," MsKelly said.

Ms Kelly said Yeah the Boys aimed to connect men to the services available to help support them.

"It's also important to build the brand of mateship and raise money for our beneficiary groups," she said.

"The event has been put together to allow men and their families to access mental health support services in an out-of-hours and friendly environment."

She said mental health organisations SafeWork, Mates in Construction, Blokes Advice, Save-A-Mate, Our Healthy Clarence, Dads in Distress as well as local solicitor Paul Mannion would be on hand tonight.

Ms Kelly said companies, including Fulton Hogan, Bunnings, BCF, Daniels Transport and The Village Green had donated prizes for the night.

"We will also have the Lions Club on site with the SES cooking up a sausage sizzle and local band Living Proof providing entertainment," she said.

Ms Kelly said her experience showed this event should also be attractive to women.

"Yes, the focus is on blokes," she said. "But that means people who might be your dad, your husband, boyfriend or brother.

"It's just as much for the people who love blokes to come and see if they can find the tools they could use to help someone close to them.

"Come along and you could find that someone you know needs help and you will know where to send them and who to see. …

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