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Promoting Male Mental Health using a Sustainable and National Sport-Based Intervention

Grant


Collaborating Organisation


Scheme


  • Australian Mental Health Initiative Funding

Abstract


  • The aim of this project is to, in conjunction with our research partners, use sport as a coordinated national vehicle to promote mental health and reduce the risk of mental health problems. Specifically, we aim to sustainably transform Australian community sports into a vehicle for the promotion of male mental health by formulating, testing, and then embedding an innovative, multi-level, multi-component intervention into the ongoing practice of our research partners. Our research partners include the Australian Sports Commission, the governing bodies of six of Australia¿s most popular sports including Football Federation Australia, the Australian Football League, Cricket Australia, Swimming Australia, Tennis Australia, and Basketball Australia, as well as the Australian Drug Foundation¿s Good Sports program and The Black Dog Institute. The target population of adolescent males are at high risk of mental health problems, and even a marginal impact on the incidence of mental health problems of 5% provides distinct potential for this intervention to be cost saving if effective. Based on current sports participation rates among adolescent males, the health care saving attributable to such a decrease would be approximately $400 million per year1. In line with the strategic goals and priority areas of Movember the secondary aims of this project are to promote the development of social and emotional skills, increase gatekeeper behaviours to prevent suicide, reduce the stigma associated with mental health problems, facilitate social support networks, and promote mental health help-seeking behaviours among males aged 12-17 years who are associated with organised sports clubs in Australia.

Date/time Interval


  • 2014

Sponsor Award Id


  • UWOL-01

Local Award Id


  • 116023

Collaborating Organisation


Scheme


  • Australian Mental Health Initiative Funding

Abstract


  • The aim of this project is to, in conjunction with our research partners, use sport as a coordinated national vehicle to promote mental health and reduce the risk of mental health problems. Specifically, we aim to sustainably transform Australian community sports into a vehicle for the promotion of male mental health by formulating, testing, and then embedding an innovative, multi-level, multi-component intervention into the ongoing practice of our research partners. Our research partners include the Australian Sports Commission, the governing bodies of six of Australia¿s most popular sports including Football Federation Australia, the Australian Football League, Cricket Australia, Swimming Australia, Tennis Australia, and Basketball Australia, as well as the Australian Drug Foundation¿s Good Sports program and The Black Dog Institute. The target population of adolescent males are at high risk of mental health problems, and even a marginal impact on the incidence of mental health problems of 5% provides distinct potential for this intervention to be cost saving if effective. Based on current sports participation rates among adolescent males, the health care saving attributable to such a decrease would be approximately $400 million per year1. In line with the strategic goals and priority areas of Movember the secondary aims of this project are to promote the development of social and emotional skills, increase gatekeeper behaviours to prevent suicide, reduce the stigma associated with mental health problems, facilitate social support networks, and promote mental health help-seeking behaviours among males aged 12-17 years who are associated with organised sports clubs in Australia.

Date/time Interval


  • 2014

Sponsor Award Id


  • UWOL-01

Local Award Id


  • 116023