One of the core
elements of the ‘Kick
Off’ program is that of
education. This entails more than simple dissemination of literature & printed material. It involves personal
workshops and educational sessions specific for a
range of essential needs.
using ‘Mental Health
for Rugby League’ as the theoretical reference source for this education, the
player, or other individual, is better able to comprehend the
Along with these
sessions, is the opportunity for interaction with those involved. Education is not a ‘one
way’ exercise and is best
facilitated when communication occurs between all parties.
The ‘Kick Off’ team actively encourages ‘feedback’ and ‘questions’ relating to issues discussed.
Areas covered in the
educational aspect of the service involve the following:
These are but some of
the topics covered within the educational framework of
the ‘Kick Off’ program.
As with most aspects of mental health, many of these are inter-related and
intertwined with each other and it is advantageous to see
the ‘total’ picture of how they connect.
We also provide ample
literature as an adjunct to educational
sessions and that which is contained in the reference book. This
involves ‘fact sheets’, ‘brochures’,
Off’ is not merely the players.
For education to be efficacious in the long term, it is important that those
involved with the players also avail themselves of the information. As such, we
would hope that coaches, trainers & conditioners, administrative personnel
and so on, would attend sessions, though generally not those run for the
players. Education is also available for family members of those connected to
the game. Primary targeted groups in the initial stages are:
*Entry Players (Younger contracted
The ultimate aim of
the educational aspect of the service is to broaden the knowledge base of all
individuals with a vested interest in or who have a close connection to Rugby
League. If we are able to increase awareness of mental health issues and
expand this across the different divisions, grades etc. we will go a long way
toward the future improvement in the game and those
All educational sessions are delivered in a clear, concise
manner, with the material offered in a way that is easily understood by those
attending. We do not ‘over-intellectualize’ subject matter and strive to relate information to the
life of the Rugby League player &/or those associated with the game. We do
encourage participants to seek further knowledge, either through self sourcing
or via the team, should they be interested or sufficiently inquisitive, though
this is not in any way essential to basic comprehension of the educational
*Relevant to the
*Useful for improving
quality of life
*Interesting, factual &
*Aimed at personal growth
*A positive & enjoyable
Off’ team believes strongly in
on-going education and adherence to these principles.
Being ‘force fed’ or ‘coerced’ into
educational sessions does little to impact upon the individual attending. It
should never be viewed as an onerous task or simply a ‘dutiful’ activity arranged and presented as an organizational
"I believe it is possible
for a lion to be cured of its' voraciousness, if continually fed or force-fed,
even when not hungry"