Relationships Australia

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The TCF provided $361 931 to Relationships Australia to deliver the SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY Sports program at Tasmanian sporting clubs.

The program promotes positive mental health and looks to increase ‘help seeking’ behaviours, conversation tips and self-care strategies among participants.

The program is being delivered to sporting clubs in a classroom-style setting and utilises statistics and definitions to help participants recognise mental health issues in themselves and their teammates.

The program also builds capacity in the participants by providing strategies to assist in supporting their peers if they are in need of help.

Program officer James Rice said sporting clubs around the state had warmly received the program with around 1 100 participants taking part to date.

‘We’ve been as far as Circular Head, Launceston, Devonport, Burnie, Hobart and St Helens,’ he said.

‘There was an even spread between male and female participants across a number of sports including cricket, football, basketball, hockey, netball, gymnastics and cross-fit gyms. We are looking forward to presentations with a pony club and a roller derby team.’

The program includes materials made to assist clubs with the ongoing promotion of supporting the mental health of its members.

‘We ask the clubs to continue to use the SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY logo as a reminder around their clubrooms, as well as on their vehicles, as a prompter to check in with teammates and family,’ Mr Rice said.

‘The success of this program has shown us that we have our operating model right and it gives us confidence that we can take the program further.

‘We have plans to grow the program into the future, which is exciting for all the team, particularly since we have recruited staff in the north and north-west.’