Here at SUFC, we take the welfare of our players seriously especially when it comes to mental health. We are committed to ensure that our players are not only physically safe, but also mentally safe.
If you or anyone you know is suffering from a mental illness and you are in need of support, there are a number of free community resources that helps you to identify the signs of mental illness, what it means and options available for you to get the help you need.
Some people may have suicidal thoughts when things are too hard and painful. If you feel like life is no longer worth living, it's really important to seek immediate help. With help, you can overcome these thoughts and stay safe.
You are not alone. There is always someone to hear your pain and problems, and to help you keep safe. Here are a number of links to organisations that provide support services to people suffering mental health issues or family members looking for assistance to help a loved one.
THE BANKSIA PROJECT
The Banksia Project is a mental health organisation that provides individuals with the tools and knowledge to improve their mental health and wellness. It take’s evidence-based, practical solutions that go beyond awareness to improve wellbeing in an attempt to prevent mental illness. The Banksia Project aims to enable individuals with the tools to be happy, healthy, resilient and most importantly, connected. The Banksia Project encourage and enable safe spaces for people to be vulnerable, safe and supported through challenge and triumph.
The Banksia Project aim to enable peak performance on the field by ensuring players and staff at SUFC are supported immensely off the field.
Program Director, Jack Jones is a former SUFC player and currently 4th Grade Coach.
For more information about our services, or to find out how you can be a part of mental health and wellness promotion in the community, head to their website http://www.thebanksiaproject.org.au
The Banksia Project with the support of Medibank, is now delighted to be launching additional Growth Rooms in Sydney. These programs have been designed to improve men’s mental health.
Once a month a group of blokes meet up and discuss their challenges in a completely safe, non-judgemental environment. Through the process the guys will support each other, form lasting friendships and learn practical tools to improve their health and wellbeing. Growth Rooms run for approx 2 hours, once a month and are held after 5pm in varying locations around Sydney.
The Growth Rooms are run by local men who want to support their mates and give back to the community. The Banksia Project will take community “champions” (Growth Room Facilitators) through a free two-day course to train and equip them to facilitate these rooms. Local men supporting local men. The Banksia Project will also always ensure there is professional support on hand with all programs, content and training prepared by health professionals.
Men in the community have two options:
• Register to become a facilitator - Training 9am - 5pm, 23rd or 24th February - 333 George St, Sydney
• Register to become a participant - Attend a meeting once a month and be proactive about managing your mental health. Launching in March
"It’s a bunch of guys just chatting, no different to the pub, footy fields or work – except it’s a much safer space to share more deeply” - Current Growth Room Participant
OTHER SUPPORT LINES
If you or someone you know needs immediate help call: