The program was created to provide resources, support, and information for those experiencing mental health concerns, as well as building a mental health conscious culture at CGFC. Our goals are to encourage conversations around mental health, reduce stigma and teach players, coaches, and support staff how to recognise and take action when noticing someone who may need support. At the heart of the program, CGFC are taking action to provide a safe, supportive and inclusive environment. This encourages members of our community to feel comfortable and have access to appropriate supports that can provide protection from potential health-related risks on and off the field.
What are the program objectives for 2023?
Launch the annual Mental health round with luncheon;
Commence consistent club presentations and exercises focussing on positive mental health;
Ensure mental health and positive wellbeing information is accessible throughout the club; and
Offer the Mental Health First Aid course to playing group to further increase training and support for the CGFC community.
Who are our Mental Health First Aiders?
During 2021, an initial action for the Player Welfare Program was to engage players in a Mental Health First Aid course. The Mental Health First Aid course allowed participants to learn the signs and symptoms of common and disabling mental health problems. Participants learnt how to provide initial support, where and how to get professional support, and how to provide mental health first aid in a crisis situation. Select players volunteered their time and are now trained to engage in these initial conversations to provide a level of support if anyone feels comfortable to do so.
Certified CGFC mental health first aiders are:
We wish to thank these volunteer players for their dedication to the program.