Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Deputy Premier; Minister for Health; Mental Health

    Mental health named as opener this cricket season

    7/11/2019 10:30 AM
     
    • $150,000 to deliver mental health training at Western Australian sporting clubs
    • Each year, one in five Australians will experience a mental health issue

    Western Australian cricket clubs won't just be training for game day this season.

     

    The State Government has provided $150,000 to Richmond Wellbeing to help clubs increase mental health awareness with new training to be rolled out across grassroots cricket, soccer and footy clubs.

     

    Bouncing Back - Giving Mental Health a Sporting Chance is a program designed to equip coaches, captains, administrators, parents and young adults with the skills to offer support to club members who experience mental health issues.

     

    With one in five people experiencing a mental health issue every year, the program targets coaches and captains, players and parents of young adults.

     

    Richmond Wellbeing will deliver the training to cricket clubs this season, followed by footy and soccer clubs in 2020.

     

    Western Australians can take some simple steps to look after their own mental health and wellbeing, including:

    • sleeping well;
    • keeping active;
    • socialising; and
    • eating well.

    For support, call Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636 for 24/7 free counselling or Lifeline in a crisis situation on 13 11 14.

     

    Comments attributed to Mental Health Minister Roger Cook:

     

    "Working with sporting clubs is just one way we are working to reach people who are vulnerable to mental health issues.

     

    "While people know to ask 'R U OK?', this extra training will empower people and provide them with the help to know what to do if people respond that they are not ok.

     

    "Giving people the tools to look after their own, and others' mental health and wellbeing is a vital component for people to live holistically healthy lives."

     

    Minister's office - 6552 6500