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headspace Darwin and AFLNT team up again to improve wellbeing

23 Sep 2019

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The Wellbeing champions program  

The wellbeing champion was a program between the AFLNT and headspace Darwin launched at the start of last season. The program set out to select passionate individuals who players can go to in need of support with their wellbeing and mental health. Many things happen off the field we need help with and we often are unsure of who we can turn too. This website aims to be the link between players and service providers that can further support, as well information on mental health and wellbeing!



Struggling away from the footy field?

Things may happen outside of football that affects our participation in the game, whether it be training, playing or volunteering. It's important that when those things stop us from doing the things we love, we seek help. Football is often an outlet for when we are feeling down, we forget our problems and be around mates having a laugh. But if it is becoming hard to be around team mates, hard to get up to train/play or you generally feeling unmotivated, you may be developing a mental health problem. If you feel you need to talk to someone, please have a look on this page. For further more information on things such as depression, anxiety, relationship problems, grief and bullying - check out 
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Mental Health vs Mental Illness 

Being mentally healthy is about being able to work and/or study to your full potential, cope with day-to-day stresses, be involved in your community, and live your life in a free and satisfying way. A person who has good mental health has good emotional and social wellbeing and the capacity to cope with changes and challenges.

Most of the time, metal illness doesn't just appear out of nowhere. There are early signs we can look out for that you may be developing mental health difficulties. These include:


  • Not enjoying or wanting to be involved in things you'd normally do or enjoy

  • Changes in what you eat/not eating or sleeping patterns 

  • Getting angry easy or having problems with family and friends for no reason

  • Find yourself not performing your best at school/work 

  • Being involved in risky behaviour that you'd normally avoid like taking drugs or drinking too much 

  •  Feeling down or sad and you're unsure why 

  • Feeling like things aren't right


For more information on mental health or mental illness please go to: 


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There are many services in the Northern Territory that can help you look after your wellbeing.

If you need support around things like:

  • Bullying
  • Relationship break downs
  • Alcohol and other drug usage
  • Domestic Violence
  • Homelessness
  • Emergency relief
  • Mental Health problems
  • Physical health problems
  • Sexual assault
  • Gambling

There's always a service that can help. To have a look, go to:

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Don't feel like talking to someone in person? eheadspace could be an option for you.


eheadspace provides online and telephone support and counselling to young people 12 - 25 and their families and friends. If you’re based in Australia and going through a tough time, eheadspace can help:




Helping a friend or family member through a hard time can be really difficult. For further information and tips on how you can better support a loved one, go to


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YouTube Video

Cameron Ilett and Shannon Rioli discuss mental health

 Maintaining your mental health is just as important as maintaining your physical health. Like our bodies, our minds need training too! But unlike training your body, it’s not always obvious what you can do to train your mind.

So we asked Nightcliff Tiger Cameron Ilett and Saint Shannon Rioli how they train their minds – what are the little or everyday things they do to reach their potential and live fun and fulfilling lives. Keep doing the stuff you love to do and the things that are important to you. It can help keep the fun in your life, give you a sense of accomplishment and purpose, boost your confidence and help to connect with others.Some of these things, such as listening to music, fishing or playing the guitar, might just be for fun, but other things like work or study give you new skills and might help to give you meaning.

Emergency Assistance

If you or someone you know is at risk of harming themselves or others please click on for further information.

If you require emergency assistance, please call emergency services on 000.

Would you like to complete a Mental Health First Aid course? Talk to your club today!