Mental health focus whatever your code 

In New South Wales, the “Thought Talk Tackle” mental health message and the Murrumbidgee Suicide Prevention program were front and centre when the Griffith Waratah Tigers hosed Tullibigeal Lake United Sharks in the round 14 clash of group 20 rugby league.

The two clubs have banded together this year to raise awareness around suicide prevention and mental wellbeing and are keen to back the Wellways project which encourages talking about and tackling mental health concerns, instead of “bottling it up”. 

The Tigers first grade team were presented a game day jersey, which were bought by the players raising $900 for the club and the Wellways Community Response to Suicide Strategy. 

In Gippsland, Kathryn Swan of Wellways and workplace student ‘Becky” Hanyu Song were at the Paynesville Football club to promote Wellways mental health programs in the Bairnsdale region for the mental health round.

Along with Wellways, guest speaker and AFL champion Wayne Schwass gave an inspirational speech about his mental health journey towards recovery. Schwass was also supportive of the amazing and beneficial work Wellways does, as was the AFL Gippsland committee.

“The evening was a welcoming platform for Becky and myself to be available and share the life-changing services Wellways can be very proud of,” Kathryn said.

Good sports scoring goals

In regional NSW, the Murrumbidgee Suicide Prevention Program has been working on “Thought, Talk, Tackle”, a grassroots campaign aimed at footy clubs. The recent Hay Lions Mental Health Awareness Round was supported by Wellways Murrumbidgee, with a jersey presented to staff the Riverina Hotel. “Thought, Talk, Tackle” is an initiative of the Murrumbidgee Suicide Prevention Program which funded by the Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network and delivered by Wellways. 

Meanwhile in touch footy 

Ana Tamara Amy & Alex at a touch footy match

Shoalhaven EACLSS team partnered with the Djuwin Mudjingaalbaraga Mens Group to form a team for the Koori Touch Footy Fun Day. This event is an annual event hosted by Shoalcoast Community Legal Centre. A focus for the event is getting children involved in a healthy activity such as sport. There was a wonderful community feel to the day, families getting involved and playing together. It was the first year Wellways participated and we are proud to say that we came runners up to Connexions, who we understand had a very skilled team.