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Read the Play Education Suite

The RTP programs aim to improve mental health literacy amongst young Australians and build the skills to recognize the additional impact cyber bullying and alcohol consumption may have on someone’s mental health. 

Click on the image below to read about the 2022 Read the Play program evaluation

Programs for young people

Huddle Up

Huddle up is a community-based program for young adolescents (14- 16-year-old: football and netball players), that aims to increase knowledge on mental health, promote help seeking behaviour and influence beliefs and attitudes related to identifying and responding to their peers who may be at risk of mental ill-health or cyber bullying.  

“I really enjoyed learning the statistics and learning about celebrities with a mental illness”  
U15 male football participant, Geelong Amateurs FC 

 

 

MVP

MVP is a community-based program for young adolescents (14–16-year-old: U15 football and netball players), that aims to increase knowledge on mental health, promote help seeking behaviour and influence beliefs and attitudes related to identifying and responding to their peers who may be at risk of mental ill-health or suicide.  

“I thought it was helpful how they told us where to find helplines and what to do if you think someone is struggling”  
U15 male football participant, Torquay FC 

 

Play On

Play On is a community-based program for adolescents (16–18-year-old football and netball players), that aims to increase mental health literacy and knowledge of the impact underage alcohol use can have on mental health outcomes within local sporting communities. The program will have a strong focus on influencing beliefs and attitudes towards underage drinking and increasing confidence in being able to respond to peers who may benefit from support for their drug and alcohol use. 

“It was grouse! Really fun and interesting presentation”  
U18 male football participant, Caroline Springs FNC  

Online programs for club volunteers & parents

Online Player Wellbeing Officer Course  

The Read the Play Player Wellbeing Officer (PWO) online training will equip you with the knowledge, literacy, and confidence to engage with a young person who may be experiencing mental health difficulties. The training will assist in breaking down barriers and reducing stigma around youth mental health.    

Awareness – Increase understanding and awareness around youth mental health; signs, symptoms, causes, treatment, the link between mental health and physical health.  

Skills – Develop skills to confidently identify symptoms of mental health and how to effectively engage with young people about their mental health.  

Support – Learn how to support young people who may be struggling with mental health issues and know where and how to refer them for further help.

Accreditation – Gain official Read the Play accreditation and strengthen your club’s sense of community, culture, and dedication to fostering a mentally healthy and safe environment for players, coaches, parents, officials, volunteers, and everyone in between. 

Online Parent Course

Mental health affects the way people think, feel and act. Taking care of our mental health is just as important as having a healthy body. As a parent or guardian, you play a key role in your child’s mental health. You’re a vital cog in the support network. 

The RTP Parent Online program will take you through the basics of:  

• Understanding how to maintain mental wellbeing  

• Learn about different mental illnesses – the signs and symptoms  

• When and how to offer support  

• Get the tools and knowledge to help your kids

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