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Sons of the West


Gambler’s Help North & North Western recently took part in the Sons of the West Men’s Health Program in Melton and Sunbury.

The program was initiated in 2013 by the Western Bulldogs Football Club with the aim of promoting men’s health through “no-nonsense, easy to access activities aimed at improving awareness and general health levels – no boot camps; no marathons; no extremes – more fun than pain, but a 10-week program to help men live healthier, eat healthier and get back in the game of life.”

The program currently has over 2000 participants and runs across 12 sites in the west of Melbourne. The program focuses on a range of men’s health issues including:

  • Increasing physical activity;
  • Increasing healthy eating;
  • Raising awareness of family violence and violence against women;
  • Reducing overall smoking rates;
  • Developing healthy social networks that aim to increase social connection and cohesion;
  • Raising awareness of anxiety and depression, whilst providing resources for recovery, management and resilience;
  • Addressing problem gambling;
  • Gender equality;
  • Addressing the importance of screening for cancer.

As a partner in this year’s program, Gambler’s Help North & North Western provided four community education sessions in Melton and Hume LGA’s to over 200 participants. The presentations focused on raising awareness about the services and supports available through Gambler’s Help, as well providing information and strategies to participants on how to recognise and respond to gambling related harm.

To find out more about our community education sessions or to organise one for your community group, call us on 1300 133 445, or send us an email thorough the contact form on our website.