A-OKNZ SPORTS TEAM
Life-Supporting Sports Teams puts the health and wellbeing of its people at the centre of everything it does.
The team requires everyone to be connected, focused on the goal at hand and ready to give your very best. You train hard, you work hard and together you have a goal you want to achieve. This can come with many pressures, and it can impact on your performance. Team mates know their team mates, coaches know their teams and teams know their coaches, when a person is down, we don't just leave them alone without at least trying to connect with them first. But, many people don't event do this, mainly because of their own fears of being nosey, crossing boundaries, assuming the worst, getting it wrong, uncovering vulnerability. We want to recommend that every team member does checkmate or Safetalk as peer-support skill to keep your team mates going, and to build life-supporting successful teams.
Coaches and Captains / Team Leaders
All coaches and captains need to learn how to do Suicide first Aid training. These conversations have the potential to bring the worst out of people only to then see the clearest way forward in terms of safety and supports to find solutions to their issues or concerns.
Equipping people with life-supporting conversation skills will result in:
Developing a culture of collegial-support thus increasing the options of alerted helpers.
An Immediate response due to increased alertness
An Immediate connection to safety supports
Collaborated safety plans to manage work and life balance
Continuously improved health and wellbeing strategy/approach
Team-led solutions to build life-supporting successful teams.
Suicide Prevention Strategy that focuses on building life-supporting teams.
Here are some helpful websites for building team wellbeing
Five Ways to Wellbeing, Nga Ara Rima: Covers five actions we can build into our everyday lives to benefit the wellbeing of individuals, workplaces/organisations, families and communities. They are Connect, Give, Take notice, Keep learning, Be active.
WHO’s Healthy Workplaces: A model for action: The World Health Organization’s explanation and framework for building a healthy workplace.
Wellplace.nz: A great resource for workplace wellbeing strategies.