Bowls SA and Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation join forces

Bowls SA has joined forces with Breakthrough to help bring awareness to the importance of looking after your mental health within the bowls community and wider society.

The partnership will include the summer Breakthrough Community Round for bowls across the state early next year in February 13-14.

The winter Breakthrough Community Round was a huge success with more than 60 clubs taking part, including football and netball, and raised over $23,000.

Bowls SA CEO Mark Easton said mental health awareness is a priority and he is looking forward to collaborating with the Breakthrough.

“We are pleased to be working with the great team at Breakthrough to highlight the importance of looking after your mental health,” he said.

“2020 has been a chaotic year, with the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions dictating a large part of our lives, so Bowls SA wants to emphasise the importance to our members and the wider community of prioritising their mental health.

Breakthrough Executive Director John Mannion said mental illness was going to be the biggest health challenge in our lifetime.

“Mental illness consumes lives. It ruins lives. It takes lives,” he said.

“Bowling Clubs provide a sense of purpose and a sense of belonging which are fundamental in supporting positive mental health and wellbeing.

“Sporting clubs have such a huge impact in their communities by being trusted voices and an ideal vehicle to drive the message about mental health awareness.”

To get your league involved in the summer Breakthrough Community Round, contact Community Event Specialist Maddi Haines on mhaines@breakthroughfoundation.org.au or 08 8236 8801.