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Connect Respect Resilience Program Kicks Off for 2022

The Connect Respect Resilience Program has recommenced in 2022 and is supporting Junior players and officials, Rabbitohs pathways players and the broader community through destigmatizing mental health, building support networks and promoting health and wellbeing.

After being launched in 2021, the Connect Respect Resilience initiative facilitated 72 school Mental Health and Wellbeing workshops engaging 6,680 students across NSW and delivered 13 Mental Health and Wellbeing workshops for Junior Club Officials.

With the 2022 pre-season in full swing for the Rabbitohs Pathways squads, the program has focused on supporting players from the Harold Matthews, SG Ball, Jersey Flegg, Knock On Effect, Tarsha Gale and the Harvey Norman NSW Women’s Premiership Competitions with wellbeing check-ins, careers support and resources to ensure players thrive on and off the field.

Over 50 wellbeing check-ins have already been conducted with the Pathways players during pre-season training. Anthony Brereton delivers the Connect Respect Resilience Program and explained the initiative is providing holistic support to pathways players.  

“The Wellbeing team have been providing careers advice and resources to support players across a number of areas. Our wellbeing check-ins help reduce the stigma around mental health and encourage help seeking behaviour”, Anthony said.

Kasey Taaffe is currently in pre-season training with the Tarsha Gale squad and stated the additional support had been well received by the playing group.

“It is great to know if you have any problem or issue there is a single point where we can go to at any time”, Kasey said.

Throughout 2022, the Connect Respect Resilience Program aims to make a significant contribution to health and wellbeing within our community through facilitating mental health first aid training to Souths Juniors Club officials, providing individual mentoring sessions, facilitating workshops within schools and training a Wellbeing Champion at each Souths Juniors Club.

The program is offering free Mental Health First Aid Training to all Souths Junior club officials and parents in February. For details and to register for the training please click HERE.

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