THRIVE program supports sports clubs to talk about wellbeing
Monday, 24 May 2021
Pictured: Attendees from THRIVE program launch
Today, Parliamentary Secretary for Mental Health Steve Dimopoulos officially launched the THRIVE program at the St Kilda Football Club in Moorabbin.
South Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network (SEMPHN) has commissioned the St Kilda Football Club to lead a partnership with Langwarrin Positive Education Network, Frankston City Council, Peninsula Health and the Frankston Mornington-Peninsula Primary Care Partnership to expand the THRIVE program into community sport and recreation clubs across the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula area.
“We are pleased to be partnering with the St Kilda Football Club to deliver a localised approach to support the health and wellbeing of our Frankston and Mornington Peninsula community”, said SEMPHN’s Executive General Manager, Strategic Relations, Brian O’Sullivan.
“According to our data, Frankston and Mornington Peninsula experience high rates of mental health and death by suicide with males aged 20-24 identified as a high-risk group”, O’Sullivan said.
When scoping ways to engage with this at-risk population, sport and recreational clubs were identified as a possible access point for this area.
“Sport and recreation clubs provide an ideal setting for intervention due to the cultural importance of their clubs, however, often lack the skills and knowledge and/or capacity to adequately support an individual” he added.
“The THRIVE program targets primary prevention to build resilience through to secondary intervention with resources to support mental illness and suicidality within these clubs”.
St Kilda General Manager of Marketing and Community Engagement Calzak Bowen said “To be bringing a program like THRIVE to community sport and recreation is fantastic, as we believe it will give people the skills, they need to live happy, healthy lives”.
“Though our AFL and AFLW programs, we’ve seen how strong the benefits of positive psychology and engrained proactive mental health training can be”, Bowen said.
THRIVE is a place-based approach as part of the Suicide Prevention Placed-Based Trials supporting people to develop positive mental health and wellbeing as an approach to suicide prevention.
Successfully trialled in the education sector, the THRIVE program is currently piloting this model with 13 sport and recreational clubs within the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula regions.
THRIVE will provide club committees, staff and management with support, access to mental health training opportunities, resources to support the management of mental health difficulties and suicidality and run special events and tools to promote the THRIVE actions.
What does Place Based mean?
The places where people live and spend most of their time affect their health and wellbeing. A coordinated place-based approach focuses on local needs and local priorities, engages the community as an active partner in developing solutions, and maximises value by leveraging multiple networks, investments and activities to deliver the best outcomes for communities.
South Eastern Melbourne PHN acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land our catchment covers, the Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri people. We pay respect to them, their culture and their Elders past, present and future, and uphold their relationship to this land.
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