GippSport will again partner with the Tackle Your Feelings (TYF) program to make mental health training available to community football/netball clubs, in 2023. 

Tackle Your Feelings is a free mental health training program for community AFL coaches, as well as netball coaches, committee members and other club support staff. 

The program is delivered by a local psychologist and aims to help participants gain the tools to Understand, Recognise and Respond to signs of mental ill-health in their players. 

In 2022, the program was delivered to more than 2500 community coaches from 200 clubs across Australia, including a number of clubs across Gippsland.

You can view a snapshot of the program in 2022 here.  

More about the program

The program was inspired by mental health education developed for AFL professional coaches and players, consisting of a 90-minute face-to-face presentation from a local psychologist and additional online learning. 

Tackle Your Feelings ambassadors Leon Cameron, Nathan Buckley, Bec Goddard, Ellie Blackburn, Steven May and Dylan Buckley also feature throughout the video content within the program. 

The program was formed by the AFL Coaches Association, AFL Players’ Association and Zurich Insurance in 2018, after the tragic death of Adelaide coach Phil Walsh three years earlier.

The program was evaluated by Monash University in 2021. 

How your club can get involved

Tackle Your Feelings is a free program and is available to your club in 2023. 

GippSport will facilitate Tackle Your Feelings sessions throughout Gippsland during the 2023 football/netball season and we encourage your club to participate.

Once coaches complete the training (workshop and online modules) they will have access to resources including blogs, podcasts and videos to assist with their ongoing learning. Participants who complete the workshop and online modules will be eligible for some great prizes through the Tackle Your Feelings Rewards Program.

If your club wishes to get involved, please register your interest by contacting Ryan Evans on 0429 583 385 or