In 2018, the EGF partnered with Outside the Locker Room (OTLR), a new initiative supporting sportspeople on a range of challenging issues such as suicide prevention, mental health, drugs and alcohol and domestic violence. OTLR conducts education sessions at sporting clubs around the country, from grassroots to elite athletes.
OTLR trains facilitators to deliver these sessions, but also train coaches and support staff at the community clubs on how to continue to best support the young men and women they see each week at training and match days.
OTLR started with two clubs in QLD in 2017 and by the end of 2018 were successfully running the program in 11 clubs state-wide.
This increase has meant the program has been able to educate almost 1000 youth and young adults throughout QLD, with further outreach provided to individuals seeking counselling and other assistance. The program has also been appreciated by parent groups as a way of opening up new conversations with their children around issues otherwise difficult to discuss.
Epic Good’s New Partnership with Outside the Locke room, Cathie Reid blog. 20.6.18