Hundreds of people turned out to help raise awareness of men's mental health - and to take in a very special football match - at the weekend.

Catrine Amateurs took on Auchinleck Talbot's under-20s in a match to raise funds for men's mental health charity Release Ayrshire.

The match was the idea of Catrine's club secretary Suzanne Wise and her husband Stephen, who has suffered mental issues in the past.

Cumnock Chronicle: The triumphant teamThe triumphant team (Image: Suzanne Wise)

In the end, it was the Talbot team who were victorious, running out 2-0 winners.

Suzanne said the day - which also featured warm-up action from Talbot's 2015 and 2017 youth teams - had been a "huge success" and that £500 had been raised for the charity.

But while the money raised for Release Ayrshire will make a huge difference to the charity's work, Suzanne says the long-lasting effect of the day in raising awareness of the charity's work, and men's mental health issues more generally, could have an egen greater impact.

Suzanne told the Chronicle: "It was an amazing day and a huge success.

"We wanted to make sure we raised the profile of the charity as much as we could, and I think we definitely did that.

"Despite the weather, we had a great day and crowds gathered for the youngsters' game in the morning and the senior game in the afternoon.

"Hopefully people know more about the charity and they're aware that help is out there and that they're not alone."

Cumnock Chronicle: A great day for a great causeA great day for a great cause (Image: Suzanne Wise)

The hope is that the day can become an annual event, but plans for that are in the preliminary stage at the moment.

Suzanne knows what it's like to live with someone who struggles with their mental health, as her husband Stephen has been through battles of his own.

Suzanne said: "The whole rationale behind was that my husband suffers with severe mental health issues.

"Stephen lost both his parents within six months in 2010. We didn’t realise at the time, but this was the start of Stephen becoming ill.

"He had a complete mental breakdown in 2018 and tried to commit suicide a couple of times and felt like there wasn't much awareness over men's mental health.

"As far as Stephen's story goes, it's helpful for people to know the situation and to know that there is help out there if you're looking for it."

Release Ayrshire is an online men’s support service that has been set up to help provide confidential support and advice to men of any age who are down, in crisis or simple need to talk.

Find out more about the charity and its work online at