The AFL is proud to partner with range of mental health and wellbeing partners to help us achieve our vision of ensuring that all of our people are mentally fit and ready to thrive and support each other.
Lifeline is an official charity partner of the AFL. As one of our official charity partners, the AFL has committed to work with Lifeline to raise awareness of suicide and mental health, to reduce stigma, and encourage people who are at risk to seek help.
Headspace is the AFL’s Youth Mental Health partner. The partnership was developed to ensure our young footballers learn the skills they need to build mental fitness and manage their own wellbeing. The partnership will provide young people in the Talent pathways programs with tools to help protect their wellbeing as they navigate the challenges they face while aspiring to play the game at the elite level.
The AFL has a partnership with the Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association (AIPA) to collaborate where opportunities arise and equally share knowledge and expertise to ultimately contribute to improved social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The AFL have collaborated with Epworth Healthcare as a preferred provider of specialist mental healthcare for our players. The AFL enlists Epworth Healthcare to provide acute and outpatient mental healthcare for players impacted by serious mental ill-health, addiction and concussion, including neuropsychiatry assessment and management planning.
The AFL and Deakin University have a research framework agreement that examines the social and emotional development of AFL Players. The flagship project of the partnership is an AFL Sponsored Industry Phd that examines the social, cultural and emotional determinants of mental health and wellbeing for male and female AFL players aged 16 to 25 years.
The AFL and Victoria University have a research partnership that supports many research endeavours. The Mental Health and Wellbeing collaboration includes partnering with VU on a study funded by the Australian Government. The study is a mixed-methods approach to obtain longitudinal quantitative and qualitative information on the current mental health of women athletes and factors associated with wellbeing.