We are a not-for-profit organisation, set up and run by Hockey players, to raise awareness around the importance of looking after your own mental health & your teammates too. This message is encapsulated in our hashtag #TEAMMATESFORLIFE
“You can’t always stop a mental illness from starting, but you can choose how you manage it. Anxiety is a condition that I have learnt to control through Hockey, meditation and the close bonds I have with Hockey teammates. Playing for Australia and going to the Olympics are goals that I had since playing Hockey with my mates as a kid in Goulburn."
"I want to show the next generation of players, that together we can help each other with life’s challenges and together we can achieve anything we want. Anxiety didn’t stop me from reaching my goals and it shouldn’t for anyone else too. However it starts with speaking up, getting help and putting a plan together. Hockey provides the community, friends and sport to keep the health improvements going for life.”
A Hockey community where everyone has the knowledge and skills to understand, empathise with, address and cope with mental health issues.
Reducing the stigma of mental health and to normalise mental health issues to be the same as physical health issues.
Raising awareness of the importance of seeking help as soon as possible through peer support, accredited information and mental health professionals.
'Zero' tolerance in the Hockey community for bullying, all forms of abusive behaviour, and a wide understanding of the negative impact these have on a person’s mental health.
Embed an understanding of how physical exercise, in a supportive team environment, can have positive benefits on a person’s mental and physical health.
To create an awareness in the Hockey community of the LIVIN FOR HOCKEY Goals, and how players and supporters can support the cause.
One of the physical benefits of playing Hockey is the release of endorphins, commonly known as the happy hormone. Endorphins not only make you feel happier, they can make you feel more relaxed as well. It doesn’t have to be at Olympic level, playing Hockey at any level is about getting on your feet, increasing your heart rate, and having fun at the same time.
Playing Hockey has benefits that can reduce anxiety, such as the positive impact you can get through the social support from your teammates. Playing Hockey also provides a great distraction from worries and rumination. Numerous studies have shown that people who exercise regularly experience fewer symptoms of depression and anxiety than those who do not exercise regularly.
Studies show that people can experience improved sleep and fitness from playing sport, it can also reduce the occurrence of mental illnesses. Regular exercise such as playing Hockey, has numerous physical health benefits. These benefits include prevention of medical conditions such as obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, strokes and certain types of cancers.
Playing hockey allows people to take an active role in their own health and wellbeing. It can also increase a sense of control and self-esteem through achieving goals and improved performance in their own game.
An important yet often overlooked benefit, is the feeling of being part of a bigger community group. Being part of a Hockey team, club and community, generates a sense of value, belonging and attachment.
Exercising regularly keeps your mental skills intact, such as critical thinking, learning, and concentration abilities. Furthermore, engaging in physical activity such as playing sports may help prevent development of certain cognitive and neurological disorders.
Playing Hockey provides the perfect opportunity for social interaction. It allows players to spend time with friends, as well as making new ones. This provides the social network that is an important aspect of mental health awareness and suicide prevention.
Decisions are mental, skills are physical, being able to do both defines the best athletes. Good mental health helps with focus, resilience and achieving goals.
A culture of mental health support enables players to get timely assistance and care, getting them back on the pitch quicker and staying healthy.
Players who strive for good mental health are more likely to help out their teammates who might be struggling with theirs.
Being focused on good mental health reduces the likelihood that a mental health issue will require time away from Hockey.
Building a culture of support is about changing people’s thinking to understand that supporting mental wellbeing enhances, rather than impedes, sporting results. Ric Charlesworth said in an interview about getting the best out of top level Hockey players: “…it's their capacity to handle the stresses of competition that often makes the difference. And in the end you have to take a holistic approach, you better be improving all of those aspects of the athletes, if you're not able to do so then you're not going to make the progress that you should..."
We focus on new challenges and opportunities in mental health – suicide prevention, digital innovation, lived experience, youth and workplace mental health. Our work in mood disorders continues through our investigation of new and better ways to treat and prevent conditions like anxiety and depression through digital tools and novel treatments.
"The #TEAMMATESFORLIFE hashtag describes one of the most important benefits of our sport. We all love playing Hockey, but it's the close bonds we have with our teammates, opponents and officials, that last forever. Look after yourself first, but do your best to be there for your teammates on and off the field, today and forever."
"Our juniors don't just learn Hockey skills, they learn Life skills. Hockey sticks give Hockey smiles and Hockey Hope. If you don't believe that smiles and hope are our best weapon against Youth Suicide, then you have never watched kids playing Hockey."
Leigh has been an ambassador for LIVIN FOR HOCKEY since September 2018 and in this time, he has helped us get our message out to the public. For Leigh the initiative is a great blending of two of his major passions, Mental Health Awareness and Hockey.
Like all of us here at LFH he also strongly believes in the great difference that the inclusiveness and support that we gain from our Hockey communities has on our mental health. He is eager to help boost participation through working with our ambassadors nationwide to get as many people involved and supported through Hockey as possible.
Kayleb has been actively involved in playing Hockey and coaching juniors for over 10 years. He is invovled in many areas of LIVIN FOR HOCKEY including as a presenter for the mental health awareness course.
Catriona has been invovled with LFH since our inception. She has played at national and international levels, and has won numerous personal awards for her on field performances. Catriona and her family have been heavily invovled in supporting the Hockey community off the field too. She is admired as being a teamamte who is always there to offer assistance and support anytime someone needs her support.
My Name is Amy Arnott, I play Capital league 1 for the Old Canberrans Hockey Club. In 2019 I was in a really low place, it wasn’t until a good friend reached out and convinced me to come and return to Hockey. Little did I know I joined a sisterhood I didn’t know I needed. I now have great friends and support both on and off the pitch.
Seyi is the current Head Coach of the Canberra Chill Men’s side. He is the club president of the Old Canberrans Hockey Club, as well as being a member of the first grade side for over 20 years. Seyi has been instrumental in bringing better mental health awareness to his club and the Hockey community.