Mental Health + Community Sport
In our local communities we can find a sense of purpose, belonging and build social relationship through sporting activities and clubs, which are potential preventive measures for suicide.
With sport providing an outlet, social relationships, a purpose and physiology improvements it is beneficial for children & young adults to play a sport. In combination with therapy, it can bring improved therapy outcomes.
On-going cost for therapy & exercise not feasible for every household. There is currently no free service available to provide free sporting experiences at registered clubs or gyms. For some households, this is where it ends. We want to open the door to sport for children & young adults for those households.
“Social participation and inclusion are inextricably linked with mental health and wellbeing. Conversely, participation in social and community activities correlates with improved mental health. Social inclusion, in the context of mental health, is about how communities engage and include people living with a mental illness and whether those with a mental illness feel connected, valued, accepted, or positive about the communities in which they live.” (p.22)
Productivity Commission Issues Paper - The Social and Economic Benefits of Improving Mental Health
The Postvention Australia Guidelines reported the following statistics:
“In 2015, there were 3,027 suicides in Australia. This means that there were at least 18,162 people bereaved by suicide and up to 181,620 people affected by suicide including their family, friends and class or workmates“ (p.8, 2017).