Rugby Union SA | Mental Health First Aid

by Rugby Union SA

Are you wanting to make a difference in a young person’s life, at your club? Rugby SA is looking for 2 volunteers from each junior club to be ‘wellbeing officers’ as a wider network of wellbeing support Rugby SA is looking to implement in 2020.

What you will do as a Rugby SA Club ‘Wellbeing Officer’?

  • Be able to attend a 2 day Accredited Youth Mental Health First Aid course in your region with other club ‘Wellbeing Officers’ from other clubs.
  • Be able to support young people at your club with Mental Health difficulties and be the voice within your club community for wellbeing.
  • Be able to attend 3 Rugby SA ‘Wellbeing Officers’ seminars during the year on behalf of your club to keep the conversation going about your Rugby clubs community’s wellbeing.

What is Youth Mental Health First Aid?

About 75% of Mental Health difficulties emerge before the age of 25 and 14% of 4 – 17-year old’s experience mental health difficulties at some point. This means that it’s very likely that your Rugby SA club will be supporting a young person experiencing a mental health difficulty.

The 2 day Nationally Accredited Youth Mental Health First Aid Course is for adults who volunteer with Rugby SA junior clubs.

You will learn how to assist a young person at your Rugby SA club who may be experiencing a mental health problem or mental health crisis until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves, using a practical, evidence based action plan.

This course is based on guidelines developed through the expert consensus of young people with lived experience of mental health problems and Mental Health professionals.

What is covered in the course? •  

  • Depression
  • Anxiety problems
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use problems (including gambling harm)
  • Eating disorders

Mental health crisis situations covered are:

  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviors
  • Non-suicidal self-injury (sometimes called deliberate self-harm)
  • Panic attacks
  • Traumatic events
  • Severe effects of drug or alcohol use and gambling harm
  • Severe psychotic states
  • Aggressive behaviors
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