Mental Health Aware is a whole of community approach to support the mental health and wellbeing of those in the sporting community. We all have a role to play in checking in with those around us to ensure that we create a culture of support and positivity. The community nature of sports clubs places you in an ideal position to notice potential at-risk individuals who may be susceptible to mental health difficulties. Being Mental Health Aware means that you will be able to provide avenues for support.
We all know the importance of supporting each other when the game plan just doesn't work out, but how often are we recognised for it?
We think that when your club demonstrates the work that you have undertaken to support the mental health and wellbeing of your members that you should celebrate this. We want to showcase to your community, the commitment that your club has to the wellbeing of your players, coaches, volunteers and parents.
For clubs that take on this commitment, you will have the opportunity to advertise the Mental Health Aware Logo
throughout your clubs media as being 'Recognised as a Mental Health Aware Club'
Here's how you can be recognised as a Mental Health Aware club:
Appoint at least one Mental Health Aware Officer
Have key members of your club complete Safe Talk and/or START training
Have players/volunteers/parents attend a Mental Health Aware Workshop
Register and take part in the Mental Health Aware Round
Does your club have an existing Wellbeing Support Officer? How big is your club? Do you have a junior, senior, men's or women's division? These questions will help you decide who and how many Mental Health Aware Officers you need.
A Mental Health Aware Officer's role is to be the Mental Health Goalkeeper within your club. They take on the role of organising your team and getting messages out about possible challenges. They are the advocate for positive wellbeing and mental health promotion in your club.
Did you know that the Mental Health Aware campaign has partnered with LivingWorks Australia? Having LivingWorks on our flank allows us to deliver their 3hour face to face SafeTalk Workshop or a 90minute online START workshop. SafeTalk workshops are designed for the key contacts in your club, whilst START is a great resource for all club coaches and officials to complete in their own time. Through these courses participants will learn about how to identify and respond to individuals who may be experiencing poor mental health or mental illness.
Book your Mental Health Aware Officer's into a workshop today!
2)Key members complete Safe Talk and/or START training
3) Have players/volunteers/parents attend a Mental Health Aware Workshop
Who should attend a Mental Health Aware Workshop?
Mental Health Aware Workshops are designed specifically for players, volunteers and parents, but also provide essential information for club administrators and coaches.
These workshops explain what mental health and mental illness are all about and how it affects us both in and out of sport. Participants will be introduced to the concept of being Mental Health Aware, including how to use the acronym AWARE to support those around your club.
6:30pm to 7:30pm @ Newcastle Football, 1-17 Riverside Drive, Mayfield
4) Register and take part in the Mental Health Aware Round
The Mental Health Aware Round is scheduled for Round 14 of the Newcastle Football Interdistrict Competition, Friday 9 to Sunday 11 October, and with World Mental Health Day on 10 October 2020 this is a perfect opportunity for clubs to celebrate and promote positive mental health and what being Mental Health Aware is all about!
Our team is all geared up and ready to support your club to kick plenty of goals and make Mental Health Day a huge success for our community!
Worried that its going to be a lot of work? Don't worry, we've done all the legwork for you so all you need to do is order your resources, get the message out to your club members and turn up on the day!
As a club you will have times when your members are in need of extra support. We have provided you with a range of useful contacts below, so that you can take that next step and sub in support services when they are needed most.
Our friends at #talk2mebro have developed a great presentation and resources to help reduce the number of males who commit suicide. www.facebook.com/Talk2MeBro
Hey Sport, RU OK?
Hey Sport, R U OK? is a campaign to benefit all participants, officials, administrators and supporters across the grassroots sporting community. They have some useful resources for clubs that support the Mental Health Aware message. www.ruok.org.au/sport
Need More Information
Feel free to get in touch at any time to talk about how your club can become Mental Health Aware.