LifeMatters is a 10-session intervention that combines mental skills (e.g., goal setting, relaxation, imagery, attention, self-talk, confidence) and games (designed to be fun, but also teach trust, communication, and problem solving). The program has been run in four countries with orphans, teenagers living in poverty, former gang members, inner city youth, and Indigenous youth. Results to date show significant increases in life satisfaction, self-worth, resilience, confidence, happiness, relatedness, and competence, and decreases in social anxiety. A train-the-trainer format of LifeMatters was trialled with coaches in Botswana in 2015.

Project members

Fernanda Serra De Queiroz

Mark McMahon

Dr Stephanie Hanrahan

Honorary Associate Professor
School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences