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Richmond Rovers Rugby League & Sports Club Incorporated

Richmond Rovers Rugby League & Sports Club Incorporated

Richmond Rovers Rugby League & Sports Club has been part of the Grey Lynn, Auckland community for over 100 years and has school-boy teams, junior and senior teams. Over the past five years the Club has experienced suicide amongst its members and it is hoped that a specific project might raise awareness of the issue, risk factors and understanding of how members can support people or refer them to the appropriate services.

The Club ran two information/health promotion evenings addressing the issue of suicide.

One targeted at younger players aged 14 to 20 years, their parents/carers, and their coaches managers and club officials. The other targeted at players aged over 20, their parents/carers, and their coaches managers and club officials.

At each evening event the Club screened a health promotional DVD that has been developed by the National Rugby League (NRL) in Australia in association with an Australian mental health provider that tells the story of a professional player who attempted suicide and survived. The evenings presented the issues, the risk factors, and discuss ways support people can handle particular situations.  An extensive list of support service providers in the area was also be made available. The evenings concluded with positive messaging, a performance and a shared dinner.

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