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Free Mental Health Training Available to Your Club

South West Sport will again partner with the Tackle Your Feelings (TYF) program to make mental health training available to community coaches, in 2022. 

Tackle Your Feelings is a free mental health training program for community AFL coaches, as well as committee members and other club support staff. 

The program is delivered by a local psychologist and aims to help participants gain the tools to Understand, Recognise and Respond to signs of mental ill-health in their players. 

In 2021, the program was delivered to more than 4000 community coaches from 352 clubs across every Australian state and territory. You can view a snapshot of the program in 2021 here.  

More about the program

The program was inspired by mental health education developed for AFL professional coaches and players, consisting of a face-to-face presentation from a local psychologist and additional online learning. 

Tackle Your Feelings ambassadors Leon Cameron, Alastair Clarkson, Nathan Buckley, Neville Jetta, Kara Antonio and Dylan Buckley also feature throughout the video content within the program. 

The program was formed by the AFL Coaches Association, AFL Players’ Association and Zurich Insurance in 2018, after the tragic death of Adelaide coach Phil Walsh three years earlier.

The program was evaluated by Monash University in 2021. 

How your club can get involved

Tackle Your Feelings is a free program and is available to your club in 2022. 

South West Sport will facilitate Tackle Your Feelings sessions throughout the South West during the 2022 football season and we encourage your club or league to participate.

Once coaches complete the training (workshop and online modules) they will have access to resources including blogs, podcasts and videos to assist with their ongoing learning. Participating clubs are eligible for the Tackle Your Feelings rewards program, which includes footballs, equipment and access to program ambassadors. 

If your club or league wishes to get involved please register your interest via the link below and the team from South West Sport will be in touch with further details.


Training the Great South Coast in Youth Mental Health

Meet the incredible Leadership Great South Coast Group whose goal this year is to improve the capacity of community members to support young people’s mental well being and help break-down negative stigmas surrounding mental health.  

Having just undertaken the Youth Mental Health First Aid course themselves the group has now taken on the challenge of encouraging at least 100 people in their Great South Coast community to undertake Youth Mental Health First Aid training in 2022.

This training has been made available through a partnership between Western Victoria Primary Health Network, Youth Live4Life and the Great South Coast Suicide Prevention Place Based Trial.

If you are based in the Great South Coast region and are interested in participating in a Youth Mental Health First Aid course please visit this link.