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Club facilitates mental health workshop

27th May 2019

Club facilitates mental health workshop

The clubs under-15 and under-17 netballers have taken part in a specialist training session to talk about depression, anxiety, suicide and well-being from a personal and sport perspective.
Ms Sullivan said the session, run by sports-based educator SALT, tackled some difficult content but it was a safe environment for players to open-up and understand each other better.
“Our club wants to make a big impact in relation to mental health. It’s an issue that affects a lot of our families, both the boys and girls,” Ms Sullivan said. “I think it’s so important, with so many issues surrounding young girls these days, to have the tools to help – not just on the court, but off the court, too.”

Ms Sullivan said the girls were made aware that while young men had a higher rate of completed suicides, young females have a higher rate of attempted suicide and self-harm.

She said a netball team naturally offered a special bond and such a session really emphasised how girls still need to check on each other – even if just to show concern for missing a training session.

Ballarat junior netballers in attendance at the first session

Mental health, cyber-bullying prevention and drug and alcohol awareness were the key issues junior netballers and footballers in the Alfredton-based club flagged for wanting more club education about.

Ms Sullivan sourced the SALT program through Netball Victoria and the club also has plans to run an ‘Outside the Locker Room’ workshop on cyber-bullying and social media next month for under-17 and under-19 netballers and footballers.

The next ‘Outside the locker room’ session will also involve families with the club keen to create a space to open dialogue for parents and teenagers.

Half of the clubs U15 & U17 netballers attended the SALT program on May 27 with another session scheduled for Monday 15th July.

 

The Ballarat FNC encourages open conversation and awareness of Mental Health in our community.

FOR SUPPORT

Lifeline on 13 11 14
Headspace:  https://www.headspace.org.au/
Beyond Blue: https://www.beyondblue.org.au/ or 1300 22 4636

The ‘Smiling Minds’ Mindfulness App is also a good resource which can be downloaded on on iphone or android and we encourage all to practise ‘mindfulness’. https://www.smilingmind.com.au/

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