NATIONAL RURAL & REMOTE SUICIDE PREVENTION PROGRAM
The Foundation was funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health in 2022 to design and deliver the National Rural and Remote Suicide Prevention Program.
DESIGN AND DELIVER PEER SUPPORT PROGRAM IN TARGET RUGBY LEAGUE REGIONS
PROVIDE TRAINING TO COMMUNITY MEMBERS IN SUPPORTING LOCAL KIDS EXPERIENCING MENTAL HEALTH CHALLENGES OR DISTRESS
ESTABLISH AND VALIDATE A NATIONAL MODEL OF SUICIDE PREVENTION USING SPORT AS AN ENTRY POINT FOR ENGAGEMENT
The program is designed to deliver a scalable, integrated peer-to-peer suicide prevention program conducted in community sporting clubs. It will target (but not be limited to) young, male, Aboriginal, low-income and LGBTQI+ communities and populations in non-metropolitan areas.
The Program is a partnership between the Foundation and the National Rugby League, NSW Rugby League and Rural Health Connect (an NGO specialising in rural psychology services).
The Foundation will build on the success of the NRL's widely recognised and transformative 'State of Mind' program for girls and boys) initially targeting rural and remote boys and girls in NSW Rugby League towns. Over the 3 year funding period the program will be expanded to other sporting codes to create a program that can be delivered nationally in collaboration with local sporting teams.
Rural Health Connect, alongside other mental health and crisis services, will provide online/phone access to specialist psychologists and counselling.
The Program will:
deliver monthly, community-based, peer-to-peer support programs in sporting change rooms where young, Indigenous, low socio-economic and LGBTIQ+ communities and populations naturally congregate for social inclusion
train local community Elders (Indigenous and non-Indigenous) to facilitate the sessions
support the local sessions with an integrated nationwide online/on-call psychological support service
The Foundation will provide clinical oversight of the program, and manage program delivery and marketing.