The Wellbeing champions program
The wellbeing champion program between the AFLNT and headspace Darwin launched at the start of last season and is continuing again in season 2019/2020! The Wellbeing champions 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. With the wellbeing champions in place, we will be able to be the link between players and service providers that can further support.
Struggling away from the footy field?
Improving your knowledge on mental health
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: https://headspace.org.au/young-people/what-is-mental-health/
Find a service
There are many services in the Northern Territory that can help you look after your wellbeing.
If you need support around things like:
- Relationship break downs
- Alcohol and other drug usage
- Domestic Violence
- Emergency relief
- Mental Health problems
- Physical health problems
- Sexual assault
There's always a service that can help. To have a look, go to: https://ntcoss.org.au/directory/
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: https://headspace.org.au/eheadspace/
Info for helping family or friends
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 https://headspace.org.au/friends-and-family/life-issues/
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.
Bio's of Wellbeing champions
Robert Hale- St Marys
Louisa Bahen-Wright (PINT)
James Flynn - Waratah
Nat Althouse - Buffaloes
Lisa Smith- St Marys
If you or someone you know is at risk of harming themselves or others please click on https://nt.gov.au/wellbeing/mental-health/24-hour-mental-health-hotlines for further information.
If you require emergency assistance, please call emergency services on 000.