About Tackle Your Feelings

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

The program was formed by the AFL Coaches Association, AFL Players’ Association and Zurich Insurance in 2018.

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.

The program is based on the education delivered to the AFL industry, and is led by high profile player and coach ambassadors.

Our new program for senior players and umpires is also available in select regions in 2023.

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What does the Tackle Your Feelings training involve?

90-minute workshop with a psychologist

Online learning

Resources and rewards

What we've achieved so far

In 2022, the Tackle Your Feelings program was delivered to more than 2500 participants from more 205 clubs via 161 workshops across Australia.

This spread across the country was enabled by 21 partnerships with state bodies, community leagues, AFL clubs and regional sports assemblies (rural Victoria). A highlight of 2022, was a visit to regional Western Australia for the first time. 

An important evolution of the program in 2022, was the development of a pilot program exclusively for senior players to complement the offering for coaches, committee members and club support staff. The players program was piloted with four clubs in Victoria and evaluated by Monash University.

Since its formation, the Tackle Your Feelings program has been delivered to more than 7200 participants in every Australian state and territory, and it’s available to your club in 2023.


Free program developed specifically for community football clubs

Education delivered by an APS member, AHPRA registered local psychologist

Evaluated by Monash University

Led by high profile AFL coach and player ambassadors

Based on mental health education delivered to AFL players and coaches
A part of the AFL’s coach education journey (CoachAFL)

Additional coaching resources and TYF Rewards Program