Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) will again host Mental Health Round to assist raise awareness and break the stigma surrounding Mental Health within the football and greater community.
Northern NSW Football CEO David Eland said the governing body remained committed to shining a light on mental health following the success and acceptance of the inaugural Mental Health Round in 2020 – which included Premier Clubs adopting a Mental Health Pledge which committed their club to fostering a culture which is inclusive supportive and respectful.
“We are again partnering with Lifeline Hunter Central Coast and Talk2MeBro, as well mental health advocate Craig Hamilton and sport psychologist Fiona McCarthy to provide tangible advice to administrators, coaches, players and parents.
“Football is the largest participation sport in the country, we have the capacity to directly communicate with thousands of players, coaches, volunteers and match officials, many of whom are young people.
“The activities aim to provide volunteers, coaches and parents with the tools to identify signs and symptoms of poor mental health and where they can seek help,” confirmed Eland.
Northern NSW Football Mental Health Round Activities
Craig Hamilton: Identifying the signs and symptoms of poor mental health
6.30pm, Monday 17 May 2021
Broadcaster and mental health advocate Craig Hamilton will speak on identifying the signs and symptoms of poor mental health and provide information on where to start recovery. Attendance at Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility (LMRFF) limited to Premier Competitions club volunteers and team officials. Online attendance open to all.
Fiona McCarthy: How to help your child reach their potential
7.00pm, Wednesday 19 May
Sport psychologist Fiona McCarthy will speak to parents and coaches of players registered in JDL, NPL NNSW Youth, NL1 Youth and WPL Youth competitions. Also available online. Details regarding how to access recording to follow. Attendance at Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility (LMRFF) limited to Premier Competitions club volunteers, team officials and parents of JDL, NPL NNSW Youth, NL1 Youth and WPL Youth players. Online attendance open to all.
Lifeline Hunter Central Coast: Accidental Counsellor Mental Health and Wellbeing Licence ONLINE A 90-minute online session is an evidence and practice informed mental health awareness course that defines and explains current concepts and thinking around staying mentally healthy and the factors that support wellness. Cost $50 / $25 for the first 50 registered coaches or volunteers. Registration available soon.
Luke Conners: #Talk2MeBro – About #Talk2MeBro and how it can assist your club
6.30pm, Monday 24 May
A 60-minute session on #Talk2MeBro, how they can help your club to ultimately reduce the number of males who take their lives by suicide in Australia through early intervention. Getting men to feel comfortable talking about what they are going through emotionally and mentally. Attendance at Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility (LMRFF) limited to Premier Competitions club volunteers and team officials. Online attendance open to all.
Speaking events are available via Zoom to provide open access to all.
Clubs are encouraged to share information to their members.