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Mental Health In Sport

Mental Health in Sport (MHS) Awareness and Action program

MHS is a half-day workshop facilitated by AIS Performance Psychology staff designed to educate and up-skill people who work in high performance sport about mental health. The workshop demonstrates the relevance of mental health to performance in a sporting context, and equips participants with the knowledge and skills to identify and respond to someone with poor mental health.

Participants will learn about the 4-R model:

  • How to RECOGNIZE symptoms of poor mental health in others
  • Techniques to REACH OUT and support someone in distress
  • How to REFER to a mental health professional and to recognize when this is necessary
  • Ways to REMAIN SUPPORTIVE over time

The delivery format is varied and aims to give participants knowledge and hands-on experience in recognizing, supporting, and assisting in management of mental health issues.

To Learn More about MHS

AIS Performance Psychology will work with high performance sport system partners to deliver this workshop. To inquire about MHS or about how to get a workshop delivered, please contact AIS Performance Psychology at with MHS in the subject line.


Gymnast Josh DiNucci talks to AIS’ Head of Performance Psychology, Kirsten Peterson, about living with a mental illness. Introduction is by Josh Sebbens, AIS PhD scholar. Video from this Smart Talk is also available on the Clearinghouse for Sport. Membership is required for access.


AIS PhD Scholar, Rebekah Alcock talks to AIS' Head of Performance Psychology, Kirsten Peterson about living with a mental illness as a carer. The introduction is by Josh Sebbens, AIS PhD Scholar. 

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