Evaluation of a mental health literacy training program for junior sporting clubs

Swagata Bapat, Anthony Jorm, Katherine Lawrence

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Objective: The aim of this study was to describe and evaluate a training program designed to improve mental health literacy in junior sporting club coaches and leaders. It was anticipated that participants would demonstrate an improvement in knowledge, confidence, and attitudes in relation to mental disorders and help seeking. Methods: A training program called Read the Play was delivered to 40 participants from junior AFL football and netball leagues in the Barwon region of Victoria. The effects of the training were evaluated using pre- and post-questionnaires. Results: The course led to significant improvement in knowledge about mental disorders, increased confidence in helping someone with a mental disorder and more positive attitudes towards people with mental disorders. Conclusions: Training programs delivered within sporting settings may be effective in improving mental health literacy. Future evaluations would benefit from assessing whether these changes are sustained over time and whether trainees subsequently assist young club members to seek appropriate professional help.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)475-479
Number of pages5
JournalAustralasian Psychiatry
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Help seeking
  • Mental disorders training
  • Mental health literacy sports

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