Wellbeing Pages | 25th Aug 2020
The role of a Mental Health First Aider at Stewartry Rugby Club is to be a point of contact for an player/coach/member who is experiencing a mental health issue or emotional distress.
This interaction could range from having an initial conversation through to supporting the person to get appropriate help.
As well as in a crisis, Mental Health First Aiders are valuable in providing early intervention help for someone who may be developing a mental health issue.
Mental Health First Aiders are not trained to be therapists or psychiatrists but they can offer initial support through non-judgemental listening and guidance.
Our Mental Health First Aiders are trained to:
− Spot the early signs and symptoms of mental ill health
− Start a supportive conversation with a colleague who may be experiencing a mental health issue or emotional distress
− Listen to the person non-judgementally
− Assess the risk of suicide or self-harm
− Encourage the person to access appropriate professional support or self-help strategies.
− Escalate to the appropriate emergency services, if necessary
− Maintain confidentiality as appropriate
− Protect themselves while performing their role
Our Mental Health First Aiders are:-
Robin Austin – Club President
John Muir – Director of Rugby
Steven Hogg – Mental Skills Coach
Jo White – Committee Member
Ally McMorran – Sirens Assistant Coach
At no time does the Mental Health First Aider role (or anyone trained in MHFA skills) supersede club policy: first and foremost they are all members of the club.