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Locals will have the chance to support local men with their mental health when the Night of Hope Charity Ball takes place in Ballina on October Ball.

Hosted by Men’s Mental Health Australia (MMHA), the black tie ball will raise funds to ensure that men experiencing mental health challenges – and their families – get the help they need.

The founder of Men’s Mental Health Australia, Leigh Cowen. Image supplied

Guests attending Night of Hope will enjoy a two course sit down dinner, live entertainment from Tapestry Road, Leonards Slippers and DJ Vic, as well as bingo, raffles, lucky door prizes and a live auction.

Mental health issues in Australian men have heightened since the start of COVID-19, with the 2020 Australia Bureau of Statistics Household Impacts of COVID-19 Survey finding one in five men felt hopeless and only 13.5% of men have seen a professional for their struggles.

‘The pandemic has had a profound impact on men’s mental health particularly in regional areas where men feel more isolated and access to help through psychologists and counsellors are not as readily available,’ says Leigh Cowen, Founder and Director of MMHA – a registered charity working to reduce the prevalence and impact of depression, anxiety and suicide in Australian men since 2017.

Mr Cowen hopes to reduce the stigma and discrimination around men’s depression, anxiety and suicide through programs that help families learn about mental health, coping mechanisms, and techniques to understand and recognise symptoms in men.

When: Saturday, 23 October 2021, 6:30PM

Where: Cherry Street Sports Ballina 68 Cherry Street, Ballina, NSW 2478

Tickets: $79 per person, purchased from here.


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