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TITLE: Sports-Based Mental Health Project

This is an invitation to participate in a study conducted by researchers at the University of Wollongong. The purpose of the research is to investigate the effects of a comprehensive sports-based mental health program for adolescent males. The program involves components for you, your adolescent, their parents, and their club. The study is a joint initiative between the University of Wollongong, Australian Catholic University, Australian Sports Commission, the Black Dog Institute, Football Federation Australia, the AFL, Swimming Australia, Cricket Australia, Basketball Australia, Tennis Australia, and the Australian Drug Foundation. The study is funded by the Movember Foundation. The overall aim of the project is to use sports to decrease risk of mental health problems and increase wellbeing among adolescent males.
Dr Stewart Vella - School of Education. Ph 02 4221 5516 Email:
Professor Tony Okely - School of Education. Ph 02 4221 4641 Email:
Ms Vanessa O’Brien - Project Manager. Ph 02 4221 5268 Email:

If you choose to take part, you will be invited to participate in a combined face-to-face and online program that is designed to help you learn ways to motivate your players in positive ways. Participation is dispersed throughout the sporting season, and involves 2 face-to-face workshops that take about 2 hours each, 6 online modules that take 15 minutes each, and 2 mentoring sessions of about 60 minutes each. Although it is unlikely, if you become distressed during a session please report this to your facilitator. Your facilitator is appropriately qualified and is able to help you in a safe and confidential manner. You are not obligated to complete all aspects of the program if you decide to participate. You will also be asked to complete a questionnaire at 3 times during the season. These will take approximately 20 minutes each.

Completion of the questionnaires at all time points is voluntary. As we are interested in the mental health of everybody involved in the sports club, some questions in the questionnaire will ask about your experiences with mental health. Example questions include: ‘In the last 3 months have you had a mental health problem or experienced a mental health crisis?’, ‘In the past 30 days about how often did you feel so depressed that nothing could cheer you up’, ‘I feel burned out from coaching’, and ‘In the last 3 months have you received treatment or advice from a professional, specifically for this problem or crisis’? Your contribution is completely confidential and voluntary, and you are free to withdraw at any time. To compensate you for your time, you will be offered a choice of a $40 voucher from Rebel Sport. Coles-Myer, or Greater Union upon completion of the program.

The programs and the questionnaires are not likely to be distressing. Should you become distressed or simply wish to stop participating, you may withdraw your participation from the study at any time and withdraw any data that you have provided to that point. For reasons of confidentiality, we will not follow you up after you have submitted your answers to the survey questions. If you have experienced any distress or have any mental health concerns, or if you require support and/or more information, contact details for relevant organisations are provided on the next page.