GOOD SPORTS MENTAL HEALTH POLICY
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Olympic FC

  1. PURPOSE

The purpose of this policy is to ensure the club committee and club members understand the club’s role and position in relation to mental health. This policy should be understood in conjunction with the club’s Code of Conduct and Member Protection policies.

  1. RATIONALE

Olympic FC aims to provide a safe, supportive and inclusive sporting environment in which all members of the community are welcome to join, participate and contribute to the club in various ways. A safe and supportive club culture protects people against a range of health-related risks. A strong and inclusive club enables players, members, supporters, families and others in the community to engage in meaningful and positive relationships for mutual benefit.

  1. WHEN DOES THIS POLICY APPLY?

This policy applies to all members and visitors to any formal or informal event, meeting, match, competition or other function that is organised under the auspices of the club. In addition, the club expects its members to acknowledge the policy in their private lives.

  1. RESPONSIBILITIES

Our club will

  • Activate and comply with this policy
  • Promote the policy in various ways, including noticeboards, at player and member registration, through training, and through digital channels such as social media and websites
  • Promote and role model the expected attitudes and behaviours at all times
  • Encourage open communication and work towards a culture that supports mental wellbeing for all those involved with the club
  • Appoint and provide support for Welfare Officers who have the responsibility to assist club members who might require help; OR appoint a member of the club leadership with suitable skills to act as an escalation point for issues or incidents concerning the mental health of an individual
  • Display key contact numbers in accessible places including the provision of a list of suitable health service providers who can help club members or player as required
  • Display information about mental health issues
  • Undertake activities that promote members to seek help and to decrease stigma, such as mental health themed events, game days, inviting expert speakers to address players and/or

members, undertaking mental health education, promoting mental health messaging through websites and social media;

  • Encouraging coaches, committee members and club officials to take note of changes in individual’s behaviour and reporting any concerns to the club escalation point or Welfare Officer, and to be vigilant about identifying those who may be struggling and in need of support.
  1. INDIVIDUALS WILL
  • Comply with this policy
  • Promote and role model the expected attitudes and behaviours always
  • Be responsible and accountable for their behaviour
  • Alert club officials, the designated escalation person or Welfare Officers with any concern about the wellbeing of any club member
  • Honour our commitment to the health safety and wellbeing of all our members
  • Treat everyone with respect and care
  • Treat personal information disclosed with confidentiality
  1. SUPPORTING MEMBERS WITH MENTAL ILL HEALTH

Open non-judgmental communication is encouraged between all members, including players and coaches, so that members feel comfortable to talk about any support they may require to maintain their health. This might mean a break from training, or training in a less intensive manner for a period.

Coaches, club officials, committee and members are encouraged to look past negative behaviour of individuals to see why such behaviours are taking place, and to ask individuals if they need help.

  1. THE RESPONSIBLE OFFICIAL

The club will elect an official responsible for acting as an escalation point for mental health and wellbeing.

  1. RESPONDING TO A NEED

All information provided to the club in relation to a member’s mental health is treated as private and confidential unless that member requests that others are made aware of their circumstances. If there is a crisis this information may need to be shared with the appropriate services/supports to ensure the health and wellbeing of the member.

  • When responding to a situation of need the club will focus on the safety and wellbeing of those directly and indirectly involved in a discreet manner. All responses will reflect the club’s duty of care to members and visitors.
  • Where concern is raised about a member’s mental health and wellbeing they will be approached discreetly by a Welfare Officer, President or other club official, to discuss the concerns observed. In concert with the member, club officials will determine how the club may be able to support that member.
  • Where applicable the member is encouraged to attend a medical centre or health agency for advice.
  • Where the club is unsure of how to approach or how to manage mental health concerns or incidents, the club will seek advice from professional mental health service provider
  1. INCIDENT MANAGEMENT

It is important in an incident that people remain calm, offer reassurance to those affected, and approach the situation in a thoughtful manner.

In the case of a person behaving in an erratic or disturbed manner, club members will alert a club official (e.g. Welfare Officer, President) who will take charge of the situation. 

The club official will approach the person to talk calmly about what is happening and what help is required.   

  • where deemed necessary the club official will contact a doctor, mental health service, police, a suicide helpline or 24-hour crisis line for advice and support;
  • they will explain to the person needing help the steps that are being taken to support them, by whom and in what way;
  • they will contact the person’s family/partner or significant other;

In the case of a person behaving in a violent manner, or threatening violence, including self-harm, the club official in charge will immediately contact police for assistance. If it is safe to do so, the club official will endeavour to calm the person and seek their co-operation.

  1. POLICY PROMOTION

The club will promote the mental health and wellbeing policy regularly by:

  • Putting a copy of the policy in club newsletters and printed member/player information and on the website.
  • Promoting positive mental health messages through the club’s social media.
  • Displaying a copy of the policy in the club social rooms.
  • Periodic announcements to members at functions.
  1. POLICY REVIEW

This policy will be reviewed annually to ensure it remains relevant to club operations and reflects both community expectations and legal requirements.

SIGNATURES:

Signed:

____________________________

Signed:

_________JM Kidd________

 

Club President

 

Club Secretary

Date:

_______________

Date:

7/09/2020

  

  Next policy review date is  31/08/2020

Mental Health Service Provider contact list

In an emergency always dial Triple Zero (000)

e-HEADSPACE

1800 650 890

eheadspace provides online and telephone support and counselling to young people 12 – 25 and their families and friends. If you’re based in Australia and going through a tough time, eheadspace can help.

HEADSPACE- Woolloongabba

(07) 3038 3090

182 Logan Road, Woolloongabba, Queensland 4102

Our friendly staff at headspace  Woolloongabba can assist young people aged 12 to 25 years with mental health, general health, drug, alcohol, education and employment issues. Counselling and GP services are bulk-billed with a current Medicare card and valid Mental Health Treatment Plan.

BEYOND BLUE

1300 22 4636

Give us a call any time of the day or night – select from the voice menu or simply hold on the line to talk with a trained mental health professional. We’ll be there to listen, provide information and advice, and point you in the right direction so you can seek further support for the cost of a local call (could be more from mobiles).

SANE AUSTRALIA

1800 18 7263

SANE provides peer support, counselling, support, information and referrals to adults who identify as having a complex mental health issue, complex trauma or high levels of psychological distress. We also provide support to the family or friends who care about them. You can reach our team of counsellors by phone, email or web chat from 10am to 10pm Monday to Friday AEST. You can reach our community of peers through the SANE Forums 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and our moderators are there in the background keeping things safe.

MENTAL HEALTH ACCESS LINE QLD

1300 MH CALL (1300 642255)

1300 MH CALL (1300 642255) is a confidential mental health telephone triage service that provides the first point of contact to public mental health services to Queenslanders. 1300 MH CALL is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and will link to the caller’s nearest Queensland Public Mental Health service.