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Game-changing mental health training for sporting communities

Have you ever felt like an accidental counsellor, offering someone guidance to help them through a difficult situation? If so, you may want to jump on board the free How’s Ya Mate? mental health training during February for members of local sporting clubs.

How’s Ya Mate? (HYM) is a mental health and wellbeing program initiated by Lifeline Broken Hill Country to Coast (LLBHC2C) and they’re on a mission to improve the mental health and wellbeing of sporting club communities by providing training and counselling, starting conversations and breaking stigmas associated with mental health.

Whether you’re a head coach or prefer to stick to the sideline on game day, HYM is encouraging all individuals involved with local sports to participate in their free mental health training available next month.

HYM Project Coordinator Jacinta Cullen says we all have a part to play in building resilient sporting communities.

“To foster a resilient and supportive sporting community, it is important that family members, friends, and all those involved with sporting groups are equipped with the necessary tools to address mental health concerns,” says Ms Cullen.

How’s Ya Mate? is offering training sessions over four days from Monday February 19 to Thursday February 22.

Accidental Counsellor Training will be held on:

  • Monday February 19 at 12:30pm to 5pm
  • Thursday February 22 at 9am to 1:30pm

The Accidental Counsellor Training provides participants with the necessary skills and tools to draw from if ever called upon in a counselling and caring capacity.

Youth Mental Health First Aid training will be held across two days:

  • Tuesday February 20 at 9am to 5pm
  • Wednesday February 21 at 9am to 5pm

Youth Mental Health First Aid training is an educational course that teaches participants practical skills to support an adolescent with a mental health problem and how to respond in a crisis.

The training sessions are open to people aged 16 and over, and no prior skills or knowledge is required.

“This is a great opportunity to learn and support the wellbeing of young people in sports. Youth Mental Health First Aiders can make a real difference to their sporting club communities,” says Ms Cullen.

Training will be held at Lifeline Connect Broken Hill in the Yvonne Trevelyn Training Room at 194 Argent St via Argent Lane.

For more information about this training, email Jacinta Cullen: [email protected].

To register to attend the training, email: [email protected].

To find out more about How’s Ya Mate, go to: www.howsyamate.org.au.

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