Hoppers on the Front Foot with Mental Health

Welcome to Sarah!

This year, as an initiative to emphasise the importance of mental health, the Board of the CRFNC has appointed Sarah Frame as a Club Welfare Officer. Sarah has a background in Social Work and works with individuals and groups to help them improve in a range of areas, including mental health. Sarah's role is to assist people to link with services they may require throughout the year. She can be contacted via Facebook, or via email: sarah.ridges14@hotmail.com or on mobile 0447 052 911.

With a couple of tragedies surrounding the Hoppers club in the last week, it's important that you're checking in on your mates. This is important anytime though, and not just this week. If you see someone struggling, perhaps give them a gentle push to ask for some extra help. There is such a stigma around mental health, and that it's weak to speak. But the Club knows this is not the case, that it's completely ok to not be ok, and we encourage all Club members to help reduce this stigma in our club and community.

If you don't want to speak with Sarah directly, below are some services/numbers that can be used:

Headspace; a mental health service in Wagga for young people aged between 12 and 25. You can self refer yourself by calling 6923 3170 to make an initial appointment.

Mental Health Line; 1800 011 511. This is 24hr access across NSW.

If you feel you are struggling and can't wait to be linked in with services, there is access to the following numbers 24hrs a day, 7 days a week:

Lifeline: 13 11 14

Accessline: 1800 800 944.

Some other services that people can be linked in with include: drugs/alcohol, domestic violence, gambling, legal, family separation and many more. Get in contact with Sarah if you would like any more information.

It's all part of the Hoppers focus in 2019 to bring understanding and acceptance of mental health issues into the mainstream. Stay tuned for an important guest speaker coming to the Club in coming months to speak about his own mental health journey and recovery.

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