Mental Health Matters

Mental Health First Aid Available to Gymnastics NSW Community

Gymnastics NSW has partnered with Australian Red Cross to deliver Mental Health First Aid Training to our drought effected Regional Communities and those that work with them.

1 in 7 young people aged 4-17 has met the criteria for diagnosis of mental disorder in the last 12 months (Beyond Blue, 2020). With a large majority of our gymnastics community within this age, Gymnastics NSW believe that knowledge and understanding of mental disorders is essential to empower and support  the young people in our sport. 

Funded by NSW Health to better support drought affected communities, attending clubs and coaches will be well placed to ensure early intervention. Over the two day qualification course participants will learn simple, practical first aid skills to help people within our sport who might be experiencing mental health problems or who are experiencing a mental health crisis. 

The Gymnastics NSW staff attended their Youth First Aid Training and Aaron Bloomfield, Gymnastics NSW Chief Executive Officer, was appreciative for the opportunity.

“The course is engaging and insightful. As leaders, administrators and coaches we are positioned at the hub of our communities and are entrusted with the care and protection of our most vulnerable, children and young people,” said Mr. Bloomfield

Over the two day course participants;
  • Learn how to listen and respond to someone experiencing mental health concerns.
  • Implement an action plan that provides early intervention and support to reduce the impact of mental health within your sporting community.
  • Learn about local support organisations in your area for further referral, and
  • Learn strategies to better work with and support Youth.

Upcoming courses will be held in the following areas Riverina (Wagga Wagga), Far West (Bathurst) and North Coast (Port Macquarie)

If you have direct connections with these and surrounding Regional communities and would like more information or to register please contact our Compliance Manager Kim Creamer on 0488 111 260 or compliance@gymnsw.org.au.

To directly register for a course, click here.