The Resilience Project to inspire and engage community in Geelong events

Published 23 Apr 2024

More than 2000 Geelong students, their parents and their teachers will experience The Resilience Project (TRP) in action with a series of interactive and engaging live presentations this week.

Featuring the motivational and energetic TRP facilitator Martin Heppell, the events will also feature men’s and women’s players from the Geelong Football Club.

Four Geelong primary schools from the program will visit GMHBA Stadium for the interactive sessions, while Western Heights Secondary College will host events at the school. There are also dedicated events for teachers delivering the program, and for parents and carers to foster a sense of community and encourage them to adopt the principles of GEM (Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness) in their daily lives.

The Resilience Project, powered by GMHBA with support from GFC, is a two-year program supporting students from Newcomb Primary School, Whittington Primary School, Lara Primary School, Geelong East Primary School and Western Heights Secondary College providing practical, evidence-based mental health strategies to build resilience and happiness.

The partnership between GMHBA and GFC is a proactive approach to address the growing mental health crisis among young people, equipping students with the tools to build positive mental health and resilience.

GMHBA CEO David Greig said the school events created an opportunity for students to come together in a fun environment to kick-start their journey with The Resilience Project.

"We recognise the challenges facing our young people today, and we're committed to supporting their mental health and well-being,” he said. “Through this partnership with Geelong Football Club and The Resilience Project, GMHBA aims to make a meaningful impact on the lives of these students and their families."

Steve Hocking, CEO of the Geelong Football Club, also emphasised the importance of this initiative: "The Geelong Cats are dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles and strong community values. Partnering with GMHBA and The Resilience Project allows us to use our platform to inspire and guide the next generation, providing them with the skills and knowledge to lead resilient, fulfilling lives."