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Australian Institute of Sport

Lifeline Community Custodians

The AIS has partnered with Lifeline to deliver the Lifeline Community Custodian program and help raise awareness of mental illness.

The AIS has partnered with Lifeline Australia to provide opportunities for current and former elite athletes to tell their own personal story/journey by raising awareness of mental health issues, suicide prevention and encouraging people to seek help if needed.

Athletes currently in the program are encouraged to re-apply.

Outcomes for Athletes:

Increased knowledge of mental health and suicide prevention strategies
Develop athlete profile and personal brand
Improved role modelling behaviour and capability
Opportunity to connect and inspire the Australian community, other athletes and your sport
Exposure to AIS and Lifeline Australia media channels
Continue to de-mystify mental health and wellbeing in communities
Develop new skills to communicate with leadership
Networking at associated events facilitated by AIS and Lifeline Australia
Create good will towards Lifeline, the AIS and high performance sport

Athletes involved in the program will:

  1. Receive communication and leadership, mental health first aid training and resources to assist athletes with information regarding mental health and suicide prevention.
  2. Attend a minimum of three events or functions (facilitated by the AIS or Lifeline) where you may be required to speak about your experiences in the program. The AIS will assist you in finding further events to attend if interested and will cover the costs associated with attending.
  3. Be required to travel to rural and remote areas.
  4. Post at least one social media post per visit and an additional six social media posts relating to community engagement activities. Additional content can be developed/supplied by the AIS in consultation with you.
  5. Take part in marketing and promotional content for AIS and Lifeline initiatives as required.
  6. Take part in any program research or evaluation where required.
  7. Organise a minimum of one occasion with your AW&E manager within your sport to present back on learnings to other athletes and staff within your sporting community.

Dates:

April 2020 – March 2021. The program will commence in April 2020 when athletes will be required to attend a mandatory training with experts in communicating safely and with leadership.

Contact:

For further information about this program or opportunities to be involved please contact athleteappearances@sportaus.gov.au

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