Northern NSW Football and CALM Inc partner to deliver Mental Health Round

Northern NSW Football is pleased to announce its partnership with CALM Inc. to deliver Mental Health Round in 2023. The Mental Health Aware project aims to raise awareness, promote education and support mental health in the Northern NSW football community. 

Mental Health Round aims to improve mental health outcomes for football players and community members, support connections to local mental health agencies, and empower clubs. 

"We're thrilled to partner with CALM and deliver Mental Health Round in 2023. It's crucial that we raise awareness and promote education around mental health in the football community, and provide support to those who may need it," said Northern NSW Football CEO Pete Haynes. 

"We want to ensure that football is a safe and supportive environment for everyone involved. Through Mental Health Round and our partnership with CALM, we hope to create positive mental health outcomes for our players and community members." 
Register your club now  for Mental Health Week
Clubs can participate in Mental Health Round by registering for club promo packs including: 

  • signage
  • merchandise  
  • digital marketing assets 

A webinar on supporting positive mental health at your club will also be available, along with ShedTalks aimed at 12-25 years players where clubs have access to a mental health expert to discuss positive mental health (places limited).  


Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Webinar

A Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Webinar will be available to all members of the football family at  6.30pm on Monday 5 June.

There will be a panel of mental health experts as well as other football family members discussing strategies to suicide prevention and positive mental health. 

Topics for discussion include:

  • How to navigate mental health in pressure situations
  • Dealing with pressures from the outside
  • Practical strategies to deal with mental health
  • Who can I go to
  • Q & A



SafeTALK Gatekeeper Training will also be provided to upskill coaches & volunteers of your club in suicide prevention strategies. (Face to Face workshop in the Hunter Region).



For those who cannot attend there will be access to START which allows all clubs/members no matter their location to complete suicide intervention training on the go, through a 90 minutes self-paced online course. 


"We're excited to partner with Northern NSW Football to deliver Mental Health Round in 2023. This is a fantastic initiative that will make a real difference to the mental health and wellbeing of young football players across Northern NSW," said CALM Inc CEO Sheena Harvey. 

"We know that mental health is a significant issue for young people, and we're committed to providing support and resources to those who need it. Through Mental Health Round, we hope to promote positive mental health and create a safe and supportive environment for young players." 

Northern NSW Football and CALM Inc. are committed to promoting positive mental health outcomes in the football community and look forward to delivering Mental Health Round in 2023. 

These programs have been made possible thanks to funding provided by NSW Ministry of Health. We thank them for their commitment to positive mental health and community football.