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June 30, 2017 9:30 AM

Sons of the West on Game Day Dale Morris sits down with Sons of the West participant Kym O'Loughlin to find out about how Sons of the West has helped him.

Sons of the West participant, Kym O’Loughlin sat down with Dale Morris for Channel 7’s Game Day to discuss how the men’s health program led by the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation, saved his life.

Suffering a work place injury while helping a stranger, Kym found himself in and out of hospital over a 12-month period with severe damage to his left knee.

Spending prolonged periods of time alone, Kym struggled to keep a positive attitude throughout his recovery.

“There’s a lot of downtime with a permanent disability, which drags me down a fair bit”, he said.

As a lifelong Bulldogs supporter, Kym jumped at the opportunity to join Sons of the West when a close friend encouraged him to attend a session.

“Seeing that other people care about you gives you a light at the end of the tunnel,” Kym told

When asked what difference Sons of the West has made upon his mental health, Kym explained how much his life has changed since joining the program.

“Without over saying it, (Sons of the West) has probably saved my life”, he said.

“It didn’t cure (me), there’s no magical fix, but it’s given me tools to work with”.

To join Australia’s biggest free men’s health program, simply turn up to a session -  no registration required.

For session locations and times, visit