In November 2019 FDBA hosted a Mental Health And Well Being Session in partnership with Headspace Frankston and South East Melbourne Phoenix. This session was an extremely positive step in the right direction for us in terms of raising awareness for the resources available to anyone who feels they may need support.

To follow on from this event in 2020 FDBA have plans on how we can build a sustainable network of mentors to provide support for our Junior Blues athletes and young FDBA members. The first step in this plan is again working together with Headspace Frankston to offer a free Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) course at Frankston Stadium. These sessions have been targeted towards training our Senior Blues athletes and coaches.

FDBA General Manager Wayne Holdsworth spoke about the Association’s work with Headspace Frankston. “The connection with Headspace Frankston was born from the overwhelming success of the November 2019 Mental Health program. It has now moved to another level with the introduction of the mental health first aid training, superbly coordinated by Jarryd Moss in collaboration with Headspace Frankston and FDBA’s new community partner Freight Management Australia

FDBA Basketball Development Manager Jarryd Moss spoke about the upcoming sessions,.”The interest level from our Senior Players and Coaches has been very encouraging. I sent an email out to them all and within 24 hours I had around 10 people emailing me back expressing interest in participating in the training and eventually our mentor program. This speaks volume to the character of players we have representing our club at a senior level”

“Headspace Frankston have been phenomenal in their support of this project, Bethany Knight in particular has been extremely understanding fitting this training in with our difficult schedules and we are extremely grateful for her continued hard work in this space”