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Men’s mental health has been given a boost by the Western Australian Mental Health Commission today with the announcement of a $150,000 to leading mental health service provider Richmond Wellbeing to help clubs increase mental health awareness with new training to be rolled out across grassroots cricket, soccer and footy clubs.

Bouncing Back – Giving Mental Health a Sporting Chance is a program designed to equip coaches, captains, administrators, parents and young adults with the skills to offer support to club members who experience mental health challenges. Developed in partnership with the Kalamunda Cricket Club, the program provides support for men who may not already be in contact with mental health services.

Richmond Wellbeing CEO Adrian Munro said that the Bouncing Back program is a preventative measure that utilises a unique approach by building on the connection and comradery that already exists amongst men and their mates at their local sporting clubs.

“By working with all club members, the Bouncing Back program will create a strong culture of community, based on informed collaborative support, resulting in more robust mental health for men.”

The Bouncing Back program comprises of four components and will be provided free of charge to thirty sporting clubs across Perth. Richmond Wellbeing will deliver the training to cricket clubs this season, followed by footy and soccer clubs in 2020.

Richmond Wellbeing has been operating multifaceted mental health services across Western Australia since 1975, currently servicing the greater south-west region with a range of residential and community care options.

Richmond Wellbeing acknowledges that its healthcare services are run on Nyoongar country, and pays respect to Nyoongar Elders past, present and future.
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Media contact:

Vida Hustas
Richmond Wellbeing PR & Brand Manager
P: (08) 9350 8800 | M: 0498 267 070 | E: vida.hustas@rw.org.au

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