This World Mental Health Day why not sponsor our Mental Health First Aid programme at Bicester RUFC?
We pride ourselves in being family-friendly and inclusive. According to a recent report by Mind, COVID19 is taking a huge toll on our mental health and wellbeing; and will continue to have lasting effects long after lockdown is over. Indeed 60% of adults and 68% of young people said their mental health got worse during lockdown and as restrictions remain in place. And, as the WHO has warned: COVID19 has disrupted or halted critical mental health services in 93% of countries worldwide while the demand is increasing.
Many of our volunteers work in the local area and mental health training can not only be used in a sports setting, but also at home, in other voluntary roles, and in their professional lives. The opportunity to deliver training to two individuals across the 17 sections of the club (i.e. 34 people) would have a transformational impact. Half as dedicated Mental Health First Aiders and half (head coaches) with Mental Health Awareness training.
The network effects of training 34 people embedded in the local community ensure this funding will have a reach far beyond the cost of the individual courses. The courses cover depression, anxiety, self-care, suicide and psychosis, self-harm, recovery and action planning. They provide knowledge to help individuals recover their health, and the ability to support people with a long term mental health issue or disability to thrive.
The majority of our registered players are under the age of 18. We have been engaging our membership for some time on this issue, including holding a mental health workshop with the Gloucestershire RFU Mental Health Ambassador last year. This workshop generated interest among the membership and a desire to do more to support others with their mental health. This was fed back in our most recent club survey and subsequently adopted in our new Strategic Plan. If the 34 courses are funded, we will have 34 individuals who will act as mental health first aiders and ambassadors in the local community.