There are many responses to the question of why OTLR? Why choose this organisation to conduct education sessions in your sporting club, school or workplace? Why is this organisation making changes in hundreds of communities around the co...

Dad! It doesn’t help!


During the baseball season a few years ago I asked my eleven-year-old son what do all the kids in the dugout think when their parents urge them on with instructions and encouragement as they are playing the game? He said bluntly, “they...

Two-Way Talk


I’ve been a long time believer that if you surround yourself with positivity and recognise the best of a bad situation you will be able to reshape your mind and thinking. As a sufferer of Depression and Anxiety for over 10 years now, o...

IWD 2021: #choosetochallenge


Written by Nadia von Bertouch, Marketing and Communications Manager at Outside The Locker Room. I’m writing this blog post on my ‘day off ’. And when I say day off, I mean from one of three jobs. I am a professional AFLW footballer...

Mental Health & The Holiday Season


Written by Aaron Azariah. Aaron is a placement student with OTLR currently completing his Master of Counselling at the University of Notre Dame in Perth, Western Australia. December marks the start of the holiday season, with Christmas p...

NAIDOC Week 2020: Always was, always will be


When Australians get asked how to describe our culture, often we’re drawn to answers like mateship, Vegemite and BBQs. Australians joke that we don’t really have much culture, not like Egypt with its pyramids, or Greece with its...

5 study tips we can learn from athletes


Want to improve academically? Think like an athlete! When we watch our favourite athletes, it’s easy to forget the hours of training they’ve put in behind the scenes to perform at the highest level. AFL footballers, for example, begin...

Getting back up again


Has COVID-19 and the fallout sent you into a spiral in an unknown direction? Do you feel like you’ve been knocked down? Do you feel like you have or are likely to fail? If you said YES, that’s overwhelmingly normal and what I call...

The impact of a father


On this day 12 years ago - 10 June 2008 - just after 8 o’clock on an overcast winter’s morning; Mum emerged from our long, winding hallway, stepped into the kitchen, softly trembling with tears as she struggled to find the words to...

Nourishing your life back to a new normal


The time has come for new changes, new opportunities, and to come back out into society again. Some people are heading back to their old work, some are moving back into the office after working from home, some are going back to school,...

Mental health and wellbeing


When I was 12 years old and in Grade 6 at primary school, my mum and my two younger siblings moved from Fitzroy to Clayton. Mum had obtained emergency housing after one too many domestic violence incidents with my stepdad. A friend...

COVID-19 and its many faces


I know returning to sport is vital, turning up to game day and being a team player… however when I’m crippled with anxiety it’s not the same. For the past 5 years I have struggled with postnatal depression and anxiety after a rapid...

Coping with redundancy


Jobs and careers are an important aspect of life. Not only as a source of income, but they are also a means by which many of us define ourselves. “I’m a fireman/teacher/sportsperson/doctor etc”. It’s also one of the first questions we...

An athlete in isolation


It is true, there is no sport. There are no training nights, there is no game day. There is no waking up on game day with the excitement and nervousness that comes with sport. There is no seeing your teammates, there is no banter,...

7 question challenge


My belief is that we understand ourselves a little bit better whenever there's an obstacle thrown in front of us. It might be a sporting injury, a relationship loss or another unexpected event you did not invite into your life. Did...

Ways to stay grounded


With big change, comes uncertainty. With uncertainty comes fear. With fear comes a desire to take control of our environment and do everything we can to think ahead, plan and know the facts. However, this head-based fight-flight-freeze...

A message from our National Welfare Manager


This is certainly a challenging time for a lot of people. It may bring up feelings of anxiety, distress, isolation and disconnection. People are experiencing severe hardship with the loss of jobs, businesses, livelihoods and the concern ...

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