On World Mental Health Day, the Camanachd Association would like to take this opportunity to ensure that all of our members have access to any support that they might need.
Earlier in the year, we unveiled our Shinty Chaplaincy Programme.
The role of club chaplains is to be a help, support and encouragement to everyone connected with a sports club and they are available to people of all faiths and no faith. They are pastoral safety nets, able to provide counsel and advice on a range of issues which potentially can have an effect on everyone’s performance, and more important, their personal wellbeing. They are confidantes, a friend to all at the club: Player – Coach – Manager – Committee member. Their goal is through regular, natural interaction to become known, liked, trusted and approachable.
As a result, if anyone needs someone to confide in or if they are looking for practical, emotional, mental or spiritual support in any particular area of life, the chaplain is well-placed to be that person. They are qualified and experienced in a range of life issues and events, however, they also have a wide network of contacts within and outside Sport Chaplaincy who can provide help in areas the chaplain does not have the expertise in. All chaplains are vetted, trained and held accountable.
Last Sunday, Graham Cormack, National Development Manager at the Camanachd Association, coordinated a Mental Health workshop with a view to developing a Club Health & Wellbeing Ambassadors programme. Hopefully, this will be rolled out in the coming season and we can go one step further in offering avenues for those who are suffering to explore.
It is vital that the support and acknowledgement that we each offer to members of our community goes beyond World Mental Health Day. The truth is, mental health is a killer - but - it doesn't have to be. Remember, that it is okay not to be okay - if you are feeling down then reach out to friends, family or professional services such as Samaritans. If you are not directly affected then ensure you, Ask Twice and be the mate that you would want in your corner.
Free Samaritans helpline: 116 123