About Mental Health Awareness Round 2017

Previously named the One Life Round, Netball WA will again hold a Mental Health Awareness Round in 2017. This Round will run from Saturday 24 June – Friday 30 June and coincides with Week 8 of the WA Netball League competition. Affiliated Coaches, Players and Officials over the age of 13 will be invited to wear blue tape on their right arm to raise awareness for mental health on their day of competition this week.

Netball WA’s 2017 Mental Health Awareness Round will support the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) global campaign “Depression: let’s talk,” which follows on from 2016’s One Life message “it’s okay to talk…”. By actively encouraging the netball community to speak openly about mental health issues, in particular depression, Netball WA hopes to foster more open and aware netball Clubs & Associations.

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 see more people with depression seek 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, please visit their website here.

While the focus of the Mental Health Awareness Round in 2017 is depression, the overall aim of the Round is to speak about mental health in an effort to reduce stigma associated with mental health issues.

Registrations for the Mental Health Awareness Round can be made by a Club or an Association. Netball WA will provide each Club/Association with Mental Health Information Packs for them to distribute to all Teams participating in the Round. These Information Packs are to be used to prompt a conversation about mental health and will include a Coach Reference Sheet, Parent/Spectator Information Sheet and Mental Health Factsheets. To allow enough time for an open chat driven by the Coach Reference Sheet, Netball WA recommends each Team speak about the meaning of the Round and purpose of the blue tape at the training session immediately prior to the Mental Health Awareness Round (week of 24 June – 30 June).

Please note: It is the responsibility of the registering Club/Association to guarantee that all participating team’s Coaches have the Mental Health Awareness Round Information Pack on hand when they have a discussion within their team. This will ensure participants know where to access support should they require it.

To view Netball WA’s 2017 Mental Health Awareness Round flyer, click here.

Register for Mental Health Awareness Round 2017

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

Mental Health Commission: Getting Help
Mental Health Commission, Mental Health and You
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 [email protected] or 9380 3715.

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