Beyond Blue Cup - Play Your Role

 

In sport, it is often talked about having comradery and connection with your teammates. On the field, players rely on their teammates to ‘play their role’ and offer support, protection and encouragement. Off the field, teammates are just as important. When it comes to your mental health, having a strong network of ‘teammates’ is essential, and playing your role goes a long way towards helping everyone get through the ups and downs of life.

During these uncertain times, having a strong network of teammates is important for mental health now more than ever. At all levels, our sporting community have been turned upside down in 2020, and the ripple effects have been felt through players, coaches, support staff and fans. Outside of the big leagues, many of us are still wondering when we’ll next get to run out on the field or even have a kick in the park with a friend again. During these times we all need a little extra support to help cope with feelings of isolation, stress and uncertainty.

This September, our Beyond Blue Community Partners, the NRL’s Wests Tigers and the AFL’s Hawthorn Football Club are holding their annual Beyond Blue Cups. This year, both clubs want to help Beyond Blue encourage  those across sporting communities to think about what role they can play to be there for their family and friends.

Checking in on how someone is doing, being inclusive, asking how they’re going or just ‘being there’ can make a difference in helping someone feel less alone and more supported.

So, how can you play your role and be the best teammate you can be?

A good place to start is to remember these four keywords: look, ask, listen and support.

 

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"I will LOOK out for you"

Keep a look out for teammates that are acting differently. Maybe they’re quieter than usual or not replying to text. Noticing these changes in behaviour can be very important.

A first step you can take is to familiarise yourself with the signs and symptoms to look out for in your mates.


Look, ask, listen and support

"I will ASK how you're doing"

Regularly asking your teammates how they’re going is great way to support and show that you care. A quick check in can make all the difference in someone’s life and a conversation can make a huge difference.

Here are some great tips for talking to someone you're worried about.


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"I will make time to LISTEN"

Take the time to listen to your teammates, even if it’s just for a quick chat. It’s OK not to have the answers, as long as you’re creating a safe space for them to open up. 

Learn more about when to talk vs when to listen.


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"I will be here to SUPPORT you"

Make sure your teammates understand that you’re are there for them, and that you will offer support whenever they need it.

The Supporting others section of Personal best has great advice on how you can be the best support person for loved ones who are experiencing tougher times, including articles like Keeping the bromance alive when times are tough.


Videos

Hawks players talk through how we can all play our role when it comes to mental health.

 

Wests Tigers players open up on how to look, ask, listen and support your mates.

 

Comedian Dave Thornton is joined on a zoom call by Chris Lawrence from the West's Tigers and Jonathon Patton from the Hawthorn Football Club to talk about a truly unique year, as well as how everyone can play their role when it comes to mental health.

  

Useful Resources

For more information on looking after your mental health and supporting those around you, there are a number of great resources available:

 

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