Nominations open for headspace AFLNT Wellbeing Champions

headspace Darwin and AFLNT are again collaborating to equip ‘Wellbeing Champions’ in all NTFL clubs to encourage and support teammates, volunteers and community members to access mental health services.

After undertaking formal training, Wellbeing Champions can provide a safe avenue for players and club members to access support; whether it’s simply having a chat, seeking advice on available services or guidance around referral pathways. They can offer information and contacts for matters related to performance, nutrition, sleep, gambling, employment, finance, relationships, and overall mental health.

Wellbeing Champions are required to commit to formal training throughout the season to gain the confidence and knowledge they will need (a total of approximately 10 hours over the season). There are also regular catch-ups with headspace Darwin staff and other Wellbeing Champions.

The Wellbeing Champion program was introduced in the 2018/19 NTFL season as a new and innovative way to promote positive mental health and wellbeing within football clubs. The Wellbeing Champions program 2019/20 is funded by the Northern Territory Primary Health Network (NT PHN), an Australian Government Initiative.