Good Sports Healthy Minds Program

Every year, one in five Australians will experience a mental illness. So, odds are someone at your club could use your support.

Sporting clubs are the perfect place to provide a positive support network to tackle mental health issues. Your club could make a huge difference in both your community and the lives of your teammates.

Good Sports Healthy Minds is an extension of the Good Sports program in Tasmania and is designed to help build healthy players, clubs and communities. The program is possible thanks to funding from the Department of Health and Human Services in Tasmania.

The course covers depression, anxiety, the mental health risks linked to alcohol and drug use and awareness of what help is available.

Throughout the course of the Good Sports Healthy Minds Program your club will:

  • Have your members attend a workshop about local mental health issues
  • Develop mental health action plans
  • Have your club leaders take part in a Healthy Minds course

Benefits of the Good Sports Healthy Minds program:

  • Coaches and senior club figures are trained in how to spot and support someone who is struggling with mental health issues
  • Players, members, and parents can feel supported by their club
  • Increased likelihood that members with a mental health issue will seek help
  • Improved respect for the club, with members, sponsors and the community having a positive impact leading to opportunities for increased revenue
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Testimonials

It gets harder and harder to successfully administer a junior rugby league football club, as there seems to be new challenges to face each year.

However it's programs and opportunities like this that remind us of what's important and brings us back to the fundamental reasons for why we do what we do.

We are one of many awesome sporting communities raising kids collectively and if we all succeed in helping children grow to be self-aware, resilient and happy kids through team sport, then we must all be going something right.

Natalie Walka, President, St Anthonys Girraween Eagles JRLFC

For better or worse, sport does play a role in setting our community standards of behaviour.

We expect our professional sportspeople to behave in a manner conducive to elite performance, and the binge drinking can really no longer be a part of that.

Kim Crow, World Champion and Olympic Rower

We are helping cricketers of all ages to recognise that they can very easily lead healthy and active lives by making good choices when it comes to eating and drinking while participating in a great sport.

We are very proud of the fact that we are connected and supported by the Good Sports program. Without it, our club would not be where it is today.

Redlands Cricket Inc., Good Sports Healthy Eating Club

Like any culture, whether it be a sports team, club, workplace or social group, for it to be truly strong and positive you need everyone to buy in and live by a set of standards and beliefs.

We’re really fortunate here at Nunawading Basketball to have that across the organisation and our SEABL Women are a shining example of that.

With a wonderful mix of Opals experience, quality US imports, young talent and future stars our women along with Good Sports are really helping us stamp a positive impact across our community and provide our aspiring Junior Spectres with first class, accessible role models.

Paul Flynn, Operations Manager, Nunawading Basketball Stadium

The best part of being involved with Good Sports is getting to meet and work with so many wonderful people who are involved in grass roots sporting clubs.

They are all volunteers and are so passionate about their clubs and their towns, especially those living rural areas.

Marc Glanville (Good Sports Team Member)

It gets harder and harder to successfully administer a junior rugby league football club, as there seems to be new challenges to face each year. However it's programs and opportunities like this that remind us of what's important and brings us back to the fundamental reasons for why we do what we do.

We are one of many awesome sporting communities raising kids collectively and if we all succeed in helping children grow to be self-aware, resilient and happy kids through team sport, then we must all be going something right.

Natalie Walka, President, St Anthonys Girraween Eagles JRLFC

Become a Good Sports Club today

Are you ready to take the next step and join the team that makes up Australia’s largest preventative health initiative in sport?

It takes just two easy steps:

1. Fill in the form with your club details

2. A Good Sports team member will get in touch with you within two weeks of completing the form to discuss your club’s involvement in the program.

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