Peel Thunder taking mental health program to schools

Peel Thunder taking mental health program to schools

PEEL Thunder Football Club is taking the successful Outside the Locker Room program into local schools.

The program focuses on providing education and support to participants when dealing with their daily challenges.

Peel Thunder community development officer Ben Howlett and former Peel Thunder player Brandon Hill will visit schools to talk about mental health, cyber bullying, drugs and alcohol.

The aim of the school sessions will be to promote resilience and an active lifestyle.

The Outisde the Locker Room program was introduced to Peel Thunder last year.

“It’s really raised awareness about mental health issues,” Howlett said.

“Sessions covered at the club include mental health, leadership and gambling.”

Former AFL player Jake Edwards started the program in 2015 and since then it has been embraced at football clubs and schools throughout Australia.

The Outside the Locker Room Foundation is dedicated to supporting sporting clubs, schools and work places for their welfare and education requirements.

Focusing on areas such as mental health, drugs, alcohol, gambling and domestic violence, the program educates and brings awareness to these topics.

“We’ve helped 300 players in 12 months in WA,” Edwards said.

“Nationwide, the program is in 150 sports clubs.”

For more information visit Outside the Locker Room.

If you or someone you know is at risk, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.