The Regional Men's Health Initiative has formed a partnership with the West Australian Country Football League (WACFL) to sponsor a round of football.

This partnership brings us into contact with 25 football associations and 128 different football teams. This will help deliver our key message to a younger demographic of men throughout regional WA. The "Talk to a Mate" Men's Wellbeing Round will be on the 28th & 29th June 2014.

The message The Regional Men's Health Initiative gives in everything it does is before it all gets too much Talk to a Mate!! or talk it over.  It is important for us to talk about issues in our life or tell our story so we can realise we are not alone and that it is safe to do so.  As blokes we quite often isolate ourselves and we go into our cave and don't talk to anyone about our stuff.  Now that's all right, as long as we remember to come out of the cave.  One of the problems is we don't identify who our true mates are in the good times, this then leads to isolation and loneliness which are often precursors for other wellbeing issues.

Who are our Mates?  We say as blokes we have three broad categories of mates to talk to about our stuff or tell our story to. These usually come under the categories of a mentor, a partner and a peer.  These mates are quite often different than the associates or the mates that we play sport with and/or socialise with. Think about the blokes you know that have no one to talk to.

What is the benefit of talking to a Mate?  It's about sharing our story and the value in realizing that there are other men out there experiencing similar things. I have never met a bloke yet that hasn't wanted to tell his story, we just need the right environment.

Men are hardwired to be "problem solvers" and we like to work alone in our own cave. We often have an attitude that if we disclose we have a few problems, someone may exploit our weakness.  It is well known that problems shared are often problems halved and helping a mate overcome isolation by simply having a chat can help our resilience when we are overwhelmed in difficult times.

As men we need to encourage help seeking when needed, and be prepared to "Talk to a Mate" when we know he is down or experiencing difficulties.  It isn't rocket science and it does work.

"Talk to a Mate" Men's Wellbeing Round is on the 28th and 29th June 2014 and before it all gets too much Talk to a Mate!! or talk it over is an important message that is being promoted so why not get down to the footy and support your local team, become involved and Talk to a Mate.

Owen and the Team at RMHI