24th February, 2021 — Good Sports awards

Kingston Blues Netball put mental health first

Kingston Blues Netball Club were chosen as the Healthy Minds Award winner for inspiring change by promoting mental health awareness. The club from just outside of Hobart wins $1,000 to boot!

“Our club is an inclusive close-knit community and we are particularly passionate about the mental health of our members. Being a part of the Good Sports program means we are actively working to create an environment where players who may have mental health concerns feel they have a safe place to come and ask for help if they need it,” said Club President Emma Wilson.

Kingston Blues Netball Club caring for more than physical health

“We actively promote mental health awareness within our club and community. Our Good Sports mental health policy is published on our website and resources provided by Good Sports, encouraging players to contact us, or the appropriate organisation, to seek help if required,” Emma said.

Kingston Blues Netball Club has reached the highest level of the Good Sports program, implementing policies around alcohol management, tobacco, mental health and safe transport. The club is committed to providing a positive and supportive environment for their junior players and has also developed a section on illegal drugs to include in their policy.

Getting involved in mental health events

The club created a ‘Support Officer’ position within their committee to assist players and parents that are struggling with mental health issues. The club also gets involved with local mental health initiatives including the annual Speak UP Stay Chatty Shield and the Southern Tasmanian Netball Association’s Crazy Socks Round. They promote mental health awareness events such as RUOK Day.

At Kingston Blues, they’re clearly going above and beyond to help keep everyone safe and happy.

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