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wonderful members. Preliminary analyses showed that exposure to potentially traumatic events during surf lifesaving activities may lead to post traumatic stress symptoms (PTSS), but also that the strength of surf lifesaving as a community serves to protect our members with the social support that it provides. Protective factors, such as social support and self-efficacy, serve to reduce the impacts of trauma, and an individuals vulnerability to developing PTSS. While this preliminary study begins to address the knowledge gap in Surf Life Saving and mental health, it highlighted the need for further investigations.

So, to understand our findings further, we would love to hear more from you!

This is your opportunity to share your thoughts on mental health in SLS by way of a virtual interview. Interviews will be conducted privately with all information anonymised.

We are hoping to interview two important SLS populations: 1. Adults aged 18 years and older and 2. Adolescents aged 13-17 years of age.

Please read the information sheets below and complete a consent form. If you are a parent or legal guardian of an adolescent member (13-17 years old), you may wish to take some time to discuss this study prior to them taking part in the survey.

This is an invitation to actively participate in the research project titled “Australian Surf Lifesavers’ understanding of mental health and wellbeing.”’

If you have any further questions about this project or are interested in participating, please contact the Project Supervisor, Dr Samantha Fien at CQUniversity ([email protected]) or Dr Jaz Lawes at Surf Life Saving Australia ([email protected]).

We hope you will consider participating in this important research, and look forward to hearing from you.

Click here to read an information sheet for Adult participants.

Click here to read an information sheet for Adolescent participants. 

Click here to download and complete the Adult Consent Form.

Click here to download and complete the Adolescent Consent Form.

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