Mental Health and Wellbeing

1 in 5 of us will experience symptoms of mental illness in any given year. In Australia that is around 5 million people, and roughly 60% of these people will not seek help (

The overwhelming concern for Masters Swimming Australia is that our members are not immune to this statistic. The impact of the temporary closures of pools, training venues, active gatherings, financial stress and isolation from friends and family etc. is unknown on members mental health.

Last year, the NBM and Branches discussed the benefits of supporting mental health with a focus on a Mental Health Month in 2021 (May).

MSA and the Swim Meet Committee are excited to be supporting the Black Dog Institute to deliver a month of Mental Health Awareness and education this May.

May’s Activities

This month MSA will bring various activities to members to promote mental health education and encourage members, clubs and Branches to connect in through fundraising activities.


Webinar – Sunday 2 May @ 2pm AEST

Masters Swimming Australia was proud to support the Black Dog Institute presentation of ‘Breaking Down Depression’ on 2 May at 2pm AEST.

The presenters shared their lived experience with mental illness and provide insights on signs and symptoms of mental illness, when and where to seek help, and practical strategies for helping a friend or family member.

Note: Additional free webinars are available for Branches to organise for their Clubs and Members. Please contact for further information

Register here to join fundraising for BDI

MSA as a swimming community will come together and fundraise for the Black Dog Institute (or any other chosen mental health charity). For help with ideas for fundraising activities, check out suggestions below from fellow members, or download a list of ideas here.


MSA is selling a limited edition of Mental Health Awareness swimming caps.
In support of the Black Dog Institute and mental health month,
be sure to grab your bright yellow cap while stock lasts.



Mental Health Awareness Month is a chance to highlight the importance of connecting with one another and educate our community the benefits of swimming on mental health. MSA will regularly update this page with articles and research that will be of interest to our readers.

US Masters Swimming Articles:

BDI Resources:


If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, contact the following crisis services:

Emergency 000
Lifeline 13 11 14
Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
MensLine 1300 78 99 78
Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467


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