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Mental health

Many Australians will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime, making it an important and widespread community issue. Sport and mental health have a positive association, with the benefits of sports participation and volunteering well proven.

Sport clubs are great places to foster and support mental health. Your club can take proactive steps to nurture and protect the wellbeing of participants and volunteers, as well as create a welcoming environment for everyone.

What club committees can do

There are 8 key steps club committees should follow to create safe and fair clubs. 

Specifically, when it comes to mental health consider:

  • Recognise sports clubs are a great place to help break down stigma and start conversations on mental health.
    • Offer free talks or training to members
    • Have mental health days or dedicated rounds to raise awareness
    • Partner with local mental health agencies and support services.
  • Club leaders should proactively discuss:
    • Creating a mentally healthy workplace for your volunteers and staff
    • Creating positive environments for sports participation
    • Being inclusive and supportive of people with mental health issues.

   Do this by:

  • Having a good understanding of mental health yourself - be a role model
  • Training and educating key people in your club on mental health
  • Discussing mental health and risks for your club at meetings
  • Develop, adopt and enforce policies and codes which support positive environments (eg. anti bullying)
  • Ask members for ideas and listen.

Information and resources to help

Toolkit to support mental wellbeing in community sport

Suicide and crisis support

  • In an emergency, or immediate risk of harm call 000
  • Lifeline 13 11 14
  • Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467

Support services

Beyond Blue directory of hotlines and referral services

Black Dog Institute help directory

Beyond Blue – tips on how to support others

Head space – young people

Healthy workplaces

Beyond Blue Heads Up

Black Dog Institute

Workplace Pulse Check (SafeWork NSW)

Training and education

Mental health first aid

Black Dog Institute community presentations and training

Beyond Blue workplace training options

Sport program examples

NRL State of Mind campaign and workshops

AFL mental health program 

Good Sports Healthy Minds

Ahead of the Game

Stay ChatTy 

Other organisations

NSW Mental Health Commission

NSW Mental Health Association

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