OUTSIDE the Locker Room (OTLR) is a welfare and education program designed to assist teenagers and young adults as they navigate through the highs and lows of what can be an uncertain time of life.
The program offers mental health and peer support in a bid to improve the resilience, and reduce stress on young people as they inevitably deal with issues such as suicide, depression, drugs and alcohol, as well as the task of finding work.
The program was founded by former Carlton footballer Jake Edwards, whose own battles with his mental health during, and after he left the AFL system, inspired him to try and help others who may be struggling, and who are hesitant to seek help.
Since then, the program has been adopted Australia-wide, with over 95,000 people educated through OTLR.
Now, thanks to the support of the Euroa Action Group – who has offered funding for the program- and facilitators My Future Academy and the Euroa Football Netball Club, the program will soon be available in Euroa.
The program works by offering four education sessions, each running for approximately an hour, with the first session beginning next Tuesday at the Memorial Oval Conference Centre at 7pm.