Breakthrough's Biggest Men's Meals and Mental Health Dinner

Picture this scene: Adelaide Oval on a Thursday night in May. No football. No cricket. No concerts. Instead, over 500 men, many of whom are unknown to each other, embrace one another after finding out more about the person opposite them than many of the closest people in their own lives.

This is just one component – known as ‘Step to the Line’ – of Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation’s community program, Men’s Meals and Mental Health.

We are proud to announce the adaptation of the program on a grander scale. This groundbreaking event, aptly titled “Breakthrough’s Biggest Men’s Meals and Mental Health Dinner” is set to take place at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday, 23 May.

The Men’s Meals and Mental Health program was conceived with the vision of fostering a safe and supportive environment for men to come together and address the stigma, discrimination, and myths surrounding mental health. The event in May aims to amplify that mission by focusing on suicide prevention, with over 500 guests expected.

What’s involved?

The dinner, hosted by Jess Adamson and Mark Soderstrom, will feature discussions led by SA leaders (Police Commissioner Grant Stevens and Travis Boak), Breakthrough Ambassador Magic Mike (not a stripper) and interactive activity on the Oval, plus opportunities for networking and peer support and the wonderful mental health advocate, comedian Marc Ryan “The Beautiful Bogan”.

In addition to raising awareness and the normalisation of the mental health conversation, the event will also serve as a platform to raise vital funds for the launch of a new Suicide Prevention Fellowship in Men’s Mental Health.

  • 3-course meal
  • 4-hour drinks package
  • Panel interview with high profile guest speakers
  • Skills building session
  • “Step-to-the-line” interactive activity
  • Mike Webb uses the power of magic to tell his mental health story
  • Live auction raising funds for suicide prevention fellowship
  • Comedy Set by “The Beautiful Bogan”
  • Live music and conversation

Why men’s mental health?

Suicide prevention is a critical issue affecting men in our community, and it’s time we come together to address it, through open conversations, skill-building, fostering connections, and promoting vulnerability, we aim to empower men to take proactive steps in supporting their mental health and that of our mates.

Support this new Suicide Prevention Fellowship in Men’s Mental Health

To show your support for this amazing event, please consider donating to help launch this new life-changing Fellowship. You would be creating an impact to help save the lives of many men who are facing mental health challenges.

Table Captains – Lead the Change

By booking a table you have the opportunity to lead the mental health conversation and help raise vital funds. Here’s how it works:

Become a table captain

Purchase a table with 9 seats. The 9 seats signify the 9 lives we lose to suicide every day in Australia. You will be nominated as your table captain.

Fill your table

As a table captain, we ask you to start to normalise the mental health conversation and invite your 8 friends. Explain why this event is important to you, and why it’s an important cause to support.

Make an impact

Each table will have a fundraising page. Using your collective networks on social media, friends and family, and your workplaces, start spreading the word and collect donations for your team.

Limited edition Breakthrough lapel pins, specially designed by James Thredgold Jeweller, will be awarded to the captains whose tables reach their fundraising milestones.

Silver pin – $5,000 raised
Gold pin – $10,000 raised
Diamond pin – $15,000 raised

We have many ways for you to attend or support this event. 

Please select the option that is most suitable for you.

Plantinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors