PARTICIPANT INFORMATION SHEET FOR PARENTS

 
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TITLE: Sports-Based Mental Health Project

PURPOSE OF THE RESEARCH
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 coach, 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.

PRIMARY INVESTIGATORS AND CONTACTS
Dr Stewart Vella - School of Education. Ph 02 4221 5516 Email: stvella@uow.edu.au
Professor Tony Okely - School of Education. Ph 02 4221 4641 Email: tokely@uow.edu.au
Ms Vanessa O’Brien - Project Manager. Ph 02 4221 5268 Email: vobrien@uow.edu.au

METHOD AND DEMANDS ON PARTICIPANTS
If you choose to take part, you will be invited to participate in a program that is designed to increase your knowledge about adolescent mental health and wellbeing, and help you support your adolescent in their sport participation. You have the option of receiving information via a face-to-face workshop (approx. 1hr) and also material delivered online. Online participation is dispersed throughout the sporting season, and is expected to take no longer than 5 minutes at any given time to read or watch information that is delivered to you electronically. You are not obligated to view the material if you decide to participate. You will also be asked to complete a series of questionnaires at 3 time points during the season. These will take approximately 30 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, and some will ask about your child’s 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’, ‘In the last 3 months have you received treatment or advice from a professional, specifically for this problem or crisis?’, and ‘My child is picked on or bullied by other young people’. 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.

POSSIBLE RISKS, INCONVENIENCES AND DISCOMFORTS
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.

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