Mind Your Game

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March 17, 2020

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Grand Pacific Health (GPH) is partnering with the Far South Coast Football Association (FSCFA) to deliver a project called ‘Mind Your Game,’ that will increase mental health literacy among sports club participants.

 

The target audience for the project is young people aged 12-16 years that are engaged in the FSCFA, as well as their parents, coaches and the club community.

 

Liz Scott, headspace Bega Community Engagement Officer, Bushfire Recovery, says this program is needed in the Bega Valley region in particular:

 

“There is a recognised need for targeted initiatives aimed at the prevention and early intervention of youth mental health issues in regional areas affected by natural disaster.”

 

“Sports clubs are often the hub of community life and intergenerational interaction in regional areas, so they are well placed to help forge local connections and share resources,” added Liz.

 

FSCFA President, Kerri Warren, says providing players and club members with opportunities to discuss concerns around mental health with the support of professional workers will be invaluable to participants:

 

“The content of the program will address the limited knowledge and skills that general community members have in mental health literacy.”

 

“By collaborating with GPH, who are also the lead agency for headspace, we hope to build greater community resilience by; breaking down stigma, promoting wellbeing, improving our relationship with local services and implementing health-promoting policies,” added Kerri.

 

The program will run until December 31, 2020.

 

 

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