29th April 2015

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 Northern Jets players participating in Read The Play program

Read the Play pilot helps boost awareness about mental health issues

Read the Play is an innovative program which addresses the health and wellbeing of young people. It was first established in Geelong in 2006 and is aimed at junior level sports clubs to increase knowledge and awareness about mental health problems, local services available and improve confidence and skills in guiding youth to support services.

The program is currently being piloted and delivered to football and netball clubs (under-15s) within the Murrumbidgee area covered by AFL NSW/ ACT including Coolamon; Ganmain, Grong, Matong; the Northern Jets; Temora and Lake Cargelligo.

Has there been any feedback on this program?

According to RAMHP Coordinator Merilyn Limbrick, the program has been well received by young people and is making a difference.

“Read the Play has provided a fantastic opportunity to provide education around drugs and alcohol, suicide prevention and mental health issues in a fun and interesting format.

So far we are very happy with this pilot program and have received great feedback from young people, coaches and parents about being more aware of mental health issues”. Merilyn said.

What is the format of the program?

The Read the Play session is delivered over 1.5 hours at the completion of the team’s weekly training or weekend game. The format is similar to a trivia night with an interactive ‘Games Night’ being held where participants compete against each other with a winning team being determined at the conclusion of the night.   

The two parts of the program are ‘Know What To Say’ which focusses on getting the necessary conversation about mental health and mental illness started and ‘Know The Way’ which explains the signs and symptoms of the most prevalent mental illnesses.

Read the Play is being implemented in partnership with the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program and Riverina Bluebell.

When is the pilot due to finish?

The pilot is due to finish this year with the aim to discuss the broad roll out of the program across NSW with AFL NSW/ACT at the end of this year.

Like to know  more about this program?

Please contact RAMHP Coordinator Merilyn Limbrick  
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