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Choose Life Golf Event for the Wellbeing Golf Cup

Published: Thursday, 19 September 2019

Choose Life Golf Event for the Wellbeing Golf Cup

Choose Life Golf Event for the Wellbeing Golf Cup

On Friday 13th September 2019 the annual golf team event took place at Torrance House Golf Course. Organised by South Lanarkshire Leisure & Culture, the event has now been running for six years with the aim of raising awareness of mental health and suicide prevention and how playing golf is one example of how being outdoors and active can be greatly beneficial for mental health and well being.

The winning team, receiving the Wellbeing Golf Cup, was a group of local golfers from Torrance House Golf Club - Pat McAleer, Ron McCarney, Pat Dolan and Willie Sinclair – with an excellent score of 59.4

The event is always well supported with 344 golfers having participated over the past 6 years. There are teams from the NHS, Police Scotland, South Lanarkshire Council, South Lanarkshire Leisure & Culture, and local golf club members who enjoy the opportunity to play in a fun team format, having the opportunity to win some prizes, and at the same time hopefully be able to take some information from the day which may help them or a loved one who may experience some mental health issues at some stage in their lives.

The date for 2020 has already been set, Sunday 21st June, where we hope to have the event fully subscribed for this great cause.

The creation of this event has opened up avenues for wider participation as there is now an annual Live Life, Live Golf day which takes place every year during National Mental Health Awareness Week. This event, which took place during Suicide Prevention Week is aimed at predominantly beginners and in particular service users either through SLC Social Work centres or local mental health groups and charities. People can come along and have a taster of the game by way of hitting shots on the driving range, getting a little tuition from a coach, and even go out onto the golf course to play a few holes. For those who enjoy their initial experience of golf, coaching and further play opportunities are available to continue their new found interest which again will hopefully assist people in their recovery from mental health issues.  

On the day Colin Girvan, Recreation Officer for South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture was presented with a certificate by Kevin O’Neill, National Distress Brief Intervention Programme Manager in recognition of his outstanding contribution to mental health awareness over the last six years. Kevin said, “Suicide Prevention Week provides us with the opportunity to bring this important issue to the fore. We want everyone to know that we can talk about our mental health. We can also be there for others by being there to listen. Colin is an example to all of us, showing that by doing a little to enhance the mental health opportunities and messages in our daily work and duties then we can achieve a lot. The more of us that do it, the greater the reach and the greater the impact. Together we can change lives and save lives."

If you or someone you know is requiring support, please contact your GP. In addition Breathing Space (evening and weekends) 0800 83 85 87, Samaritans (24hrs) 116 123 and Childline 0800 1111 are there to listen and support. 

Pictured are the winning team with the Wellbeing Golf Cup and Colin Girvan being presented with the recognition certificate from Kevin O’Neill.

Choose Life Golf Event for the Wellbeing Golf Cup

 Choose Life Golf Event for the Wellbeing Golf Cup

 

 

 


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