AROUND ONE PERSON A DAY LOSES THEIR LIFE TO SUICIDE.
NETBALL WA BELIEVES SUICIDE CAN BE PREVENTED BY INCREASING
OUR NETBALL COMMUNITY’S CAPACITY TO RECOGNISE AND REFER
OUR PLAYERS/PEERS AT-RISK OF SUICIDE OR SELF HARM.

In 2016 Netball WA is committed to increasing the number of mentally healthy netball Clubs and Associations in Western Australia. In order to achieve this goal, Netball WA is taking part in the State Government’s One Life WA strategy, aimed at suicide prevention. Through an agreement with the Mental Health Commission, Netball WA has developed a Mental Health Initiative, designed to reduce mental health stigma in the netball community. Netball WA aims to increase community awareness through the delivery of key points about suicide prevention, with the goal to reduce the rates of youth self-harm and suicide in Western Australia. 

Mental Health Education Information
Please click here for October’s mental health bulletin: Lifeline Loneliness & Isolation
Please click here for September’s mental health bulletin: Exercise and Mental Health
Please click here for August’s mental health bulletin: Being Part of a Team
Please click here for July’s mental health bulletin: Understanding Stress
Please click here for June’s mental health bulletin: Understanding Depression
Please click here for May’s mental health bulletin: Helping a Friend
Please click here for April’s mental health bulletin: Asking For Help

One Life Round
In conjunction with the WA Football Commission, the One Life Round will be held on Saturday, 7 May 2016, and has been designed to coincide with either the first or second weekend of affiliated Associations’ winter seasons. Please click here for more information.

Coach/Official Education Sessions and Player Education Sessions (June – October)
These one-hour sessions, presented by Youth Focus, will consist of mental health education, focussing on suicide awareness and prevention. The sessions will be delivered at identified metropolitan Associations, the Smarter than Smoking Association Championships, two Develop a Diamond Regional Academy (DADRA) Hub Days and the Regional Academy Cup. There will be two streams of Coach/Official Education Sessions to maximise community awareness as several coaches and officials will be present at multiple delivery points. All Mental Health Initiative Sessions are FREE for participants.

Please click here to register for a Metropolitan Coach/Official Mental Health Education session near you!

Regional Roadshows (April – October)
Regional Roadshows will be delivered in two stages at seven ‘at-risk’ sites determined by the Mental Health Commission located in the Wheatbelt and South West Regions. The purpose of these visits is to promote suicide prevention to Coaches and Club Officials, to ensure we develop mentally healthy Clubs and Associations. The first of these visits will be a 15-minute presentation delivered by Netball WA, which is intended to be held in conjunction with an Association Coach & Umpire education opportunity. The second visit will consist of a two-hour Ambassador Training course to be delivered by Youth Focus. The rationale behind the Ambassador Training being that coaches, officials and all other attending volunteers take the knowledge gained back to their clubs and become mental health ambassadors.

In this way, Netball WA hopes to increase resilience in individuals and build the capacity of the larger netball community. One Ambassador visit for each WA Country Health Service Region will be conducted in conjunction with the WA Football Commission, with the purpose of creating a community event. These combined visits will occur at the Narrogin/Wagin and Busselton Roadshows. The locations identified are as follows: Netball WA’s Wheatbelt (Northam), Great Southern (Katanning, Wagin & Narrogin) and South West (Bunbury, Busselton, Collie & Manjimup) Regions.

Dates
Bunbury: 10 August
Busselton: 11 August
Manjimup: 12 August
Katanning: 15 August
Narrogin: 18 August
Northam: 22 August
Collie: 29 August

Please contact Member Services Coordinator – Education Lara Middleton on [email protected] for any queries regarding Netball WA’s Mental Health Initiative.

NETBALL WA THANKS ITS PARTNERS
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