Mental Health

It’s time to talk about Mental Health Issues on the Fleurieu…

Mental Health First Aid Training Course

First Aid Mental Health Course Rotary Victor Harbor is running a Mental Health First Aid Training Course at the Victor Harbor Football Club in conjunction with Mental Health Partners on the weekend of 14-15 Nov.  The aim of the course is to enable attendees to identify the signs of mental health issues in club members, our personal relationships and the wider community. You can learn more about Mental Health Partners and their experience here. 
COST for attendance: $205  You can book through Marty Alsford at

The Rotary Club of Victor Harbor is focusing on raising awareness of mental health issues on the Fleurieu following a successful Ocean to Outback bike ride in March 2019. Mental health issues like anxiety and depression currently affect over 3 million Australians and the Rotary Club of Victor Harbor would like to make sure that you and your family and friends are ok. If you or you know of a friend or family member that needs guidance or support then please call Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636.

Break The Cycle – 450km Ride

This article ran in the Times newspaper on 6 February 2020 and details the amazing ride four of our club members are planning, to raise awareness of mental health. Rotarian and Club Member, Dwayne Cox has organised the ride to encourage people to open up and discuss mental health issues the way we do physical health issues. Mark Cox, Tim Shierlaw and Mark Shields make up the team of four and they start the ride on 20 March 2020.

#breakthecycle – Join The Ride 20 to 23 March 2020

Rotarian Dwayne Cox Films Mental Health Awareness Video – 6 December 2019

On 6th Dec – Dwayne Cox was flown to Melbourne by his employer ( NAB ) to film for an internal training presentation on Mental Health and Awareness which will be ultimately rolled out to NAB’s 35,000 staff as a mandatory eLearn. 

Dwayne spoke about his own journey over 40+ years with Anxiety and Depression then also the advocacy piece he is now embarking on. Not only through his own entity “ endorphin cycleworx” but also NAB Staff, friends, family and also the Rotary Club of Victor Harbor on the back of the very successful ‘Ocean to Outback’ ride to Broken Hill and the fundraising efforts for Australian Rotary health.

And, also next years #breakthecycle ride is to continue the message.

Rotarian Dwayne Cox filming a Mental Health Awareness video at NAB HQ – 6 December 2019

Hat Day – 10 October 2019

R U OK? Day – 12 September

The 12 September is r u ok day. Let’s make everyday an r u ok day for making sure friends, family and work mates mental health is ok. Check out the link below for how to ask those difficult questions about anxiety, depression and suicide .  

Help is always available through BeyondBlue.

Bike Ride for Mental Health 

Congratulations to the VH Rotary club on being recognised by Australian Rotary Health for raising funds for a scholarship focused on men’s mental health in the rural community. They rode from Victor Harbor to Broken Hill and raised over $67,000.

Watch the video by Mark Cox talking about the ride and his findings about men’s rural mental health below:

Mens and Veterans Mental Health

As a component of the objectives of the Rotary Club of Victor Harbor’s Mental Health Committee we are posting the following information and awareness information.

Mens Mental Health

As a man we have a habit of not talking about our physical health but even more we don’t talk about our mental health.

See the attached about the need to talk more,watch the video it might save someone you knows life.


Veterans Mental Health

The Rotary Club of Victor Harbor’s Mental Health Committee was recently made aware of this significant event happening at the end of July.  Although it’s not in Victor Harbor we thought we should raise awareness of it. 
See below:

Victor Harbor Children’s Playground 

At the opening of the Victor Harbor children’s playground on Saturday 6 July 2019, the Rotary Club of Victor Harbor provided a popular bbq and there was lots of interest in ” raising awareness of mental health ” with brochures and information.  This was a great way to launch and the perfect start to a year long campaign.  Thanks to Beyond Blue and the Rotary Club of Victor Harbor.

Rotary BBQ Boys
Rotarians Mark Shields, John Swincer, Peter Morison and Graham Moody working hard to perfect the perfect sausage! 
Victor Harbor – Saturday 6 July 2019

Ocean 2 Outback – 636kms Bicycle Ride

Of the staggering $67,284 raised by the team during and following on from the Ocean to Outback bicycle ride, part of the funds will go towards a Funding Partner Research PhD Scholarship in the area of Rural Mens Mental Health, and the balance will fund general ARH Mental Health awareness programs.

Our super team of fit members setting out on the Ocean to Outback cycle ride to raise money for mental health. Over $67,000 was raised and some of this money has been used to create a new scholarship aimed at rural mens mental health issues. Victor Harbor – 28 March 2019