2017 Mental Health Awareness Round

Netball WA’s Mental Health Awareness Round ran from 24-30 June and coincided with Round 10 of the West Australian Netball League. The round supported the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) global campaign “Depression: let’s talk,” which followed on from 2016’s One Life message “it’s okay to talk…”

Affiliated coaches, players and officials over the age of 13 were invited to wear blue tape on their right arm to raise awareness for mental health on their day of competition over the week. While the focus of the round was depression, the overall aim was to speak about mental health in an effort to reduce stigma associated with mental health issues.

The round saw more than 9,500 participants from over 1,000 teams, representing 18 affiliated Associations from Paraburdoo to Esperance and across the Eastern Goldfields, take part in wearing the blue arms to support mental health awareness. All participating Clubs and Associations were provided with an information pack to encourage coaches to have conversations about the meaning of the round and where to access support.

The core of the “Depression: let’s talk” campaign recognises the importance of talking about depression as a vital component of recovery. The campaign aims to get more people with depression seeking help and the family, friends and colleagues of people living with depression able to provide support. To learn more about WHO’s “Depression: let’s talk” campaign, click here.

By actively encouraging the netball community to speak openly about mental health issues, Netball WA hopes to foster more open and aware netball Clubs and Associations.

Support Lines, Online Chats, Websites

24/7 Crisis Support Lines
Lifeline: 13 11 14
Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800
Mental Health Emergency Response Line: 1300 555 788 (metro) OR 1800 676 822 (Peel)
Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467

Online Chat
Lifeline: Crisis Support Chat (5pm – 2am AWST / 7 days a week) | Click here
Kids Helpline, WebChat Counselling for 13-25 year olds (6am – 10pm AWST / 7 days a week) | Click here
The Butterfly Foundation, Live Chat for eating disorders (6am – 7pm AWST / Monday – Friday) | Click here
eheadspace, online chat for 12 – 25 year olds (7am – 11pm AWST / 7 days a week) | Click here
Alcohol and Drug Support Service, Live Chat (7am – 11pm AWST / 7 days a week) | Click here
Beyondblue support service | web chat (1pm – 10pm AWST / 7 days a week) | Click here

Websites
Mental Health Commission: Getting Help
Mental Health Commission, Mental Health and You
beyondblue
ReachOut
Lifeline: Get Help, Facts & Information
Youth Focus: Links in an Emergency
The Butterfly Foundation for Eating Disorders

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health emergency, call the Mental Health Emergency Response Line (MHERL) FREE CALL on 1300 555 788 (metro) or 1800 676 822 (regional).

What is the first step in seeking help?

You can start living the Let’s Talk message by making time to talk to friends, family members and colleagues about depression, to encourage people to speak up and acknowledge the health condition.

Information provided courtesy of the Government of Western Australia, Mental Health Commission

Mental Health Bulletins

Past Mental Health Initiatives

In 2016, Netball WA took part in the State Government’s One Life WA strategy, aimed at suicide prevention. Through an agreement with the Mental Health Commission, Netball WA developed a Mental Health Initiative designed to reduce stigma in the netball community. A total of 733 Coaches, Officials, Players and Volunteers attended Mental Health Education Sessions in 2016. Additionally, the One Life Round saw a total of 12,520 Players, Coaches, Officials and Volunteers wear a blue armband across the week to promote the message “It’s okay to talk…” Participants in the One Life Round ranged from Broome to Esperance and across to the Eastern Goldfields.

For more information about Netball WA’s Mental Health Initiative, please contact Member Services Coordinator – Education Lara Middleton on lara.middleton@netballwa.com.au or 9380 3715.

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