Mental health support - you're not alone

 

In what is an extraordinary time for us all, Williamstown Football Club understands that troubles caused by the COVID-19 enforced lockdown can be unsettling for many.  

 

With the mental health and wellbeing of our members, supporters and stakeholders always at the forefront of our mind, our Club wants to ensure all our supporters are aware of the latest health information and resources available to everyone.

 

COPING STRATEGIES

 

If you need some good coping strategies, the following ideas may help: 

 

  • Talk to loved ones and stay connected with friends, families and colleagues
  • Engage in hobbies and activities to help reduce anxiety.
  • Maintain a healthy diet.
  • Avoid social media and news if you find it distressing.

 

Click HERE to see further tips and advice from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

 

PROFESSIONAL ADVICE  

 

Our Club corporate partner, Hobsons Bay Psychology, is making a special offer for our Club members to assist them during these trying times. A family-run service, both Principal Clinician (Michelle Gopold) and Service Manager (Marc Hewitt) - who runs the Williamstown Auskick program - were born and raised in the greater Williamstown area and care greatly about our community.  

 

Hobsons Bay Psychology have provided the following information for Williamstown Football Club members: 

 

Speak with your doctor as to whether you can get access to a Mental Health Care Plan. Stress is one qualifying factor so 99.99% of our community should qualify to gain access to one. This plan now gives you 20 sessions per calendar year in which to see a psychologist.

 

As a member of WFC, Hobsons Bay Psychology will offer you the concessional gap fee of $30 for the duration of 2020. There will be a slight increase to $40 in 2021. 

 

Hobsons Bay Psychology is one of the only services in the state to be offering face-to-face consults (employing physical distancing measures as this has been requested by the majority of our clients).  

 

Video and/or phone consults are also available to make it convenient for you to have your session in the comfort of your own space.  

 

Call Hobsons Bay Psychology now on 9393 3950 and start the conversation - they’re there to help. 

 

 

Other resources:

 

  • Beyond Blue offers practical advice and resources at beyondblue.org.au. The Beyond Blue Support Service offers short term counselling and referrals by phone and webchat on 1300 22 4636.
  • Lifeline offers tips, resources and advice, as well as crisis and suicide support. Phone: 13 11 14 (24 hours/7 days). Text: 0477 13 11 14 (6pm – midnight AEDT, 7 nights). Chat online: www.lifeline.org.au/crisis-chat  (7pm - midnight, 7 nights)
  • Phoenix Australia, the Centre for Post-Traumatic Mental Health, offers advice, tips and resources at phoenixaustralia.org

 

 

On behalf of everyone at Williamstown Football Club, please take care and make full use of these services if required.

 

We want all our members safely through this phase and look forward to seeing you back filling Downer Oval in a sea of blue and gold in season 2021.

 

Until then, take care.

 

Jason Reddick

CEO 

 

 
 
 
 
 

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