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Suicide Prevention - Engaging with Sports Clubs in Macedon Ranges

1st July 2020

Duration: September 2020 – September 2022
Funder: Gisborne and District Community Bank Branch (Bendigo Bank)

A number of clubs in the Macedon Ranges have been impacted by the death of a club member to suicide. We know that sporting clubs in the shire play a critical role in keeping our community members physically active and healthy, and also building social connections, to reduce the likelihood of suicidal behaviours and improve a person's ability to cope with difficult circumstances.

This project will work with two sports clubs in Macedon Ranges to identify and pilot activities that can support suicide prevention and promote mental health of club members. This project will engage with players, their families, coaches, volunteers and committee members to help determine which activities the club pilots. A key part of the project will be to capture leaning from the activities that each club pilots, so that we can promote and share these will all our clubs in the Macedon Ranges Shire.