COVID-19: Supporting the Mental Health and Wellbeing of members
We know that sport is doing it tough as the moment, training and playing has stopped and seeing club mates at the game and enjoying a good laugh afterwards feels like a thing of the past. Face to face interaction between club members is no longer taking place, committee meetings have either been postponed or are now being conducted online. The sport and active recreation world which we once knew and loved has been turned upside down.
The current environment will impact each of your members in different ways. As well as dealing with the sport they love coming to a standstill, members within your club may also be dealing with a number of other things such as reduced or loss of income, isolation, managing home schooling/studying etc. We know that sporting clubs provide a place for people to connect and a sense of belonging, and without this many of your members may be feeling very vulnerable.
So what can a sporting club do to try and support its member’s mental health and wellbeing during this time? Here are some examples:
Promote free mental health and wellbeing websites and services through your clubs website and Facebook pages. Below are just some of the free mental health websites and services which your members can access:
- LifeLine: https://www.lifeline.org.au/get-help/topics/mental-health-and-wellbeing-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak
- Beyond Blue: https://coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au/
- Headspace: https://headspace.org.au/covid-19/
- Mind Spot: https://mindspot.org.au/coronavirus
- Head to Health: https://headtohealth.gov.au/covid-19-support/covid-19
- Kids Help Line: https://kidshelpline.com.au/coronavirus
- Reach Out: https://au.reachout.com/collections/coping-during-coronavirus
- MensLine Australia: https://mensline.org.au/wellbeing-blog/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-covid-19/
Promote the following mental health and wellbeing webinars to your members:
- Sport And Life Training (SALT) Lunchbox sessions:https://us04web.zoom.us/…/7915851…/WN_1tvM71aaSoe8rMV_iyhadw
- Black Dog Institute – Settling the mind, mental health and coronavirus webinar series: https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/education-training/community-and-schools/covid-19-webinars
Share the following mental health video through your clubs website and Facebook pages: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/videos/coronavirus-video-mental-wellbeing
Encourage members to download the Keep in Touch App which includes links to headspace and other mental health and wellbeing services across the Loddon Campaspe Region. The App is available to download for free from the app stores or via the links at www.keepintouch.org.au
Social connection also plays a big part of the mental health and wellbeing of an individual – don’t forget to check in on those connected to your Club and think about the loyal supporters who don’t miss a game, who help out whenever they can with jobs such as collecting money at the gate on game day, selling raffle tickets, helping out in the canteen etc. These are the ones who are always there and willing to help out whenever they can. It might be as simple as a phone call to these to see how they are going; a simple chat can mean a lot. For more details on staying connected, please click here.