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ASTMA Continues to build Mental Health Awareness and Support Resources

Thursday 17, Sep 2020


The Australian Sports Turf Managers Association have worked with the Black Dog Institute to provide a range of information and resources to the turf industry including a presentation relating to shared experiences, understanding symptoms and opportunities for assistance for yourself, or your team. 

The Black Dog Institute investigates mental health across lifespans, with an aim to create a mentally healthier world for everyone.  This is being done through ‘translational’ research, integrating research studies, education programs, digital tools and apps, clinical services, and public resources to discover new solutions, foster connections and create real-world change.

In its desire to continually support Sports Turf Managers, the ASTMA is providing a range of support resources, and continue discussions with a range of service providers and health professionals to expand this industry support. 

The Association is encouraging turf managers to download and use the resources below to assist in their self-care awareness and planning, and also to view the Mental Health: Developing Resilience presentation. These resources are provided free with the support of the ASTMA and Black Dog Institute, and can be shared with team members, family and friends, and further reources and support will be added in the the weeks ahead.

About Mental Health

Current research indicates that around 1 in every 5, or 20% of Australians will experience some level of difficulty with mental health at some point in their life.

Mental health is a general term that refers to a group of conditions and includes things such as eating disorders, anxiety and depression, and many more.  Each person suffering a mental health issue, will likely experience these conditions differently, and they can significantly affect how a person feels, thinks, behaves, and interacts with other people at home, or in a workplace.  It’s important to note that not everyone living with these symptoms will be diagnosed as having a mental health issue.

Your mental health is an important part of overall health and wellbeing. Good mental health will help you get through life’s challenges, maintain healthy relationships with friends, workmates and family and to enjoy life.  Problems with mental health are common, and are not a sign of weakness.  Quite the opposite is true, as it takes courage to admit there may be a problem, and ask for help.  Mental health is like your diet, or your physical health – the earlier you get onto it, the better.


Mental Health Resources 

Our focus to support the sports turf management industry in continuing to develop experience and awareness of Mental health, we have developed a series of resources and webinars around the theme of skills and awareness of mental health and resilience in the workplace.  To access of view these rescources, click on the headings below, or visit the Associations Mental Health Resources Page


  • Self-Care Planning - This Self-Care planning template relates to reflecting on what helps you feel better and putting some structure into your routine to ensure these protective activities are brought into your life regularly.  It also helps us plan for situations, and prepare for bad days (that we all face now and again) so we can be better prepared to look after ourselves.
  • Five Ways to Wellbeing - This is an evidence-based way of proactively looking after your mental health. It can be used in addition to the self-care planning or alternatively if it resonates with the individual it can be completed as a stand-alone review.  Individuals can complete an audit on how they are looking after themselves in relation to 5 key areas: Connection, Giving, Taking Notice (mindfulness), Continual Learning, and Being Active.  Turf managers can reflect on which areas they are succeeding in as well as they areas that deserve a bit more attention, and can be completed weekly or monthly to see how you are improving your mental health over time.  
  • Identifying Self-Care Needs - Remember that self-care extends far beyond your basic physical needs; consider your psychological, emotional, spiritual, social, financial, and workplace wellbeing to develop a complete understanding of areas that you may need to focus more time and energy on. Some common areas to ask yourself, are: What are you doing to support your overall well-being on a day-to-day basis? Do you engage in self-care practices now? Are you more active in some areas of self-care than others? This temaplte can be used to determine which areas may need to spend more time  on, or more support in. 
  • Self-Care Planning during COVID-19 - Self-care is an important part of daily life, however during times of uncertainty and this unprecedented situation with COVID-19 the need for self-care is imperative. This Self-Care plannig guide covers a summary of what Self-care is, discusses how to develop and create a self-care plan, along with providing some personal planning templates that you can use to start planning for your self-care
  • Mental Health: Developing Resilience Presentation - With over 20 years’ experience in workplace mental health and wellbeing, Liz is a highly skilled facilitator and a registered occupational therapist. Over the last 12 years she has worked extensively with Beyond Blue helping to design, develop and deliver their National Workplace Program, content for the Heads-Up website and a dedicated mental health programme for staff at Ambulance Victoria. In this presentation, Liz talks through understanding mental health, common signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety, risk and protective factors, strategies to support positive mental health and discusses the range of available support.


Mental Health and COVID-19

With the current situation bought about due to COVID-19, the Association is here to support all those in the turf industry work through challenges during this difficult time and mental health resources have been made available to all sports turf managers. We have compiled helpful resources for you in the link below. 

Mental Health Support Related to COVID-19


Awareness: Common Mental Health issues

A range of things can impact your mental and emotional wellbeing.  For many, some of the common issues impacting mental health are:

Relationship problems, separation and divorce

  • Financial stress
  • Work-related pressures
  • Drug and alcohol use
  • Unemployment or retirement
  • Physical illness
  • Social isolation

Results of how these issues can affect people lives differ greatly, with many people living with mental health challenges experiencing times of homelessness, poverty, isolation, poor physical health, unemployment, and ridiculed or scorned as a result by those who may not know of the underlying mental health issue.

These potential outcomes all combine to significantly affect a person’s capacity to care for themselves, maintain relationships, interact with others and can impact their ability to maintain performance in workplaces, employment or education.

The good news is that many people can, and do, deal with mental health issues and maintain living full and meaningful lives, including work.


Further Information

For more informaiton on support and resources available to the sports turf management industry, visit the Mental Health Resources Page






ASTMA Mental Health Resources