first_img Next Sport Australia starts Mental Health Referral Network for athletesSport Australia has started a mental health service called Mental Health Referral Network (MHRN) under which they will provide the service to 1,000 athletes, members of the Australian Institute of Sport.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service CanberraMarch 24, 2019UPDATED: March 24, 2019 16:35 IST CWG 2018 gold-medallist race walker Dane Bird-Smith spoke about his mental health struggles. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSport Australia lauched a Mental Health Referral Network for top athletesAustralia Institute of Sport deputy director said there is a need to build mental health literacyThe announcement coincided with CWG gold medallist Dane Bird-Smith disclosing his mental health strugglesAustralia’s apex sporting body has launched a mental health support service for top athletes.Sport Australia on Sunday said the Mental Health Referral Network (MHRN) will provide 1,000 athletes, members of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), access to 27 psychologists and mental health practitioners, reported Xinhua news agency.”There has been a critical need to build mental health literacy and support mechanisms to assist athletes access help across our high performance sport networks,” AIS Deputy Director Matti Clements said.”The MHRN will provide timely assessment and services to support Australia’s top athletes. Professional guidance and counselling is crucial for athlete’s mental health, and that requires immediate access to committed, high quality mental health practitioners,” he said.The plan was aimed at helping Australia’s top athletes to stay very best in life as well as sport, Clements said.Sport 2030, Sport Australia’s blueprint for sport over the next 11 years, cites athlete’s wellbeing, including mental health, as one of its key priorities.The announcement coincided with 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medalist in race walking Dane Bird-Smith’s disclosure about his mental health struggles, which he faced one night in 2017 while walking over Brisbane’s Story Bridge.”There was just this moment when I was standing on the side of the bridge. I stood there for maybe half-an-hour thinking it would be all so much easier to end it there and push it all away,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Sport AustraliaFollow Mental healthFollow Australian athleteslast_img read more