North Burnett suicide prevention co-ordinator Russell Mills.
North Burnett suicide prevention co-ordinator Russell Mills. Alex Treacy

Dub v the Hub match to score runs for mental health message

STIGMA will be hit for six this weekend at the first Dub v the Hub cricket match in Mundubbera.

Held to coincide with Queensland Mental Health Week which runs from October 5-13, the North Burnett Mental Health, Alcohol and other Drugs Hub will be hosting a 7-a-side cricket match on October 13 to raise awareness.

The event will promote this year's theme, Take Time for Mental Health, and North Burnett Community Service suicide prevention co-ordinator Russell Mills believes it will help people connect with others.

"It can be hard on people, trying to have open conversations about the way you're feeling,” Mr Mills said.

"We need to have them as normal conversations because if we don't, then mental health and other issues can become more ingrained and harder to deal with.”

Mr Mills said people in the North Burnett had a range of opportunities to connect with others, through clubs and social days, but said sometimes we needed to reach out a bit further if we were struggling.

"That's why the Dub v the Hub is about connection, so we can connect people with finding services they need,” Mr Mills said.

"Mental health is very important, no less important than an operation on your leg or any part of you.”

Teams are encouraged to sign up to compete for the perpetual shield up for grabs on Sunday.

"We know the North Burnett loves its cricket, and it'll be good to see people come out and support the day,” Mr Mills said.

If you want to register a team, email bobby.regard@livebetter.org.au or phone 4994 2508.

The sporting event will run from 10am-3pm at Archer Park on Lyons St, with food and refreshments on sale throughout the day.

Visitors are encouraged to take their own chair and cheer squad to the match.


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