Giving Mental Health a Sporting Chance

Richmond Wellbeing has partnered with the Mental Health Commission to give men’s mental health a sporting chance, through Bouncing Back, our free, four-part mental health awareness training program. This program was developed with the support of the Kalamunda Cricket Club.

Suicide is the biggest killer of men aged 18-40… the average age range of sporting club members

The Bouncing Back program provides clubs with tools to assess club members mental health and wellbeing. We offer clubs like yours:

  • Face-to-face Bouncing Back mental health awareness training sessions
  • Information and updates via our Bouncing Back Facebook page and the Bouncing Back community chat group
  • Professional mental health training through our Cub Champions program
  • Connecting club members with services we feel are appropriate to their needs

How is your club doing?

The Covid-19 crisis has had a devastating effect on the mental health of many Western Australians thanks to job losses, lack of social interaction with family and friends and lack of normality when it comes to our everyday lives such as participating in our much-loved sports and exercise.

Your club members may be struggling with:

  • Loneliness caused by social isolation
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Financial trauma
  • Domestic violence
  • Parenting issues
  • Club fees
  • Anxiety around engaging in groups again
  • Loss of loved ones
  • Suicide

Which is why we are here to support you, to support your sporting community as we bounce back from the COVID-19 mental health crisis.

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The Bouncing Back Program

Session 1 - Players

30-45-minutes
Focussing on players supporting other players; equipping them with the basic skills, approaches and confidence required to start a conversation with a peer or small group of team members who may be struggling with a personal or collective concern or issue.

Session 2 - Coaches, Captains and Administrators

90-minutes
Taking action and breaking down the stigma of mental health whilst creating a safer and more open environment for disclosure; making it easier for players and/ or anyone associated with the club to talk more openly about the impacts of mental health challenges.

Session 3 - Parents of Children and Young Adults

60-minutes
Providing children and youth friendly and appropriate engagement techniques and approaches for parents and caregivers with children and young adults involved in the club, or other community sporting environments.

Session 4 - Club Culture Workshop

60-minutes
Making a strong culture of community, based on collaborative support and robust mental health at
your club.

Start Bouncing Back

For more information contact Bouncing Back Program Coordinator Paul Peacock
email: paul.peacock@rw.org.au mobile: 0428 767 552

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