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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 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.

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Keep an eye out for posters around AFLNT grounds! 

These posters are around AFLNT grounds that has a link to this website. Scan the QR code to get to this site and find all the info that you need. 


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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 

BRett9 Brett Walker

Favourite movie: The Sting
Quote: "So much injustice, so little time"
AFL Team: Sydney
AFL player: Adam Goodes
Song: Jeff Buckley- Hallelujah 

Carmel5 Carmel Lohan

Favourite Movie: A time to Kill
AFL player: Zach Tuohy
My super power would be? Fly - Very quickly
Quote: "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars"
What are you happiest doing? Spending time with my team mates, running around and sharing a laugh

Chris7  Chris Williams

Favourite movie: Avengers
Actor: Johnny Depp
What would my superpower be? To be able to control the elements
Who is someone you admire, and why? My Father, he is always working hard and loves his family
AFL Team/Player? Demons / Aaron Davey 

Rob3  Robert Hale- St Marys

Fav AFL player: Darcy Parish 
Song: Drake - Money in the grave 
Quote: "It is what it is" 
Who is someone you admire, and why? Alistair Clarkson, the way he has coached
What are you happiest doing? Coaching footy, watching footy, spending time with mates and family

Louisa2   Louisa Bahen-Wright (PINT)

Favourite Actor: Ryan Reynolds 
AFL team: Fremantle Dockers
Player: Liam Ryan/Nic Nat/Tayla Harris 
Song: Don't you worry - Electric Fields 
Who is someone you admire and why? My grandmother Susie. Paving the way for all girls in our family, a phenomenal woman

Nat3  Natalie Harwood

What are some causes you care about? Young people getting an education 
Who is someone you admire and why? My grandmother - she is very knowledgeable, kind and respectful 
What are you happiest doing? Being around my family 
Fav movie: Something about Mary
Song? I don't care - Justin Bieber/Ed Sheeran  

James4   James Flynn - Waratah

Fav Movie/Actor: Superbad / Mark Wahlberg
Quote: No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted
AFL Team/player: Hawthorn / Cyril Rioli 
Who is someone you admire and why? Lebron James. On and off the court he seems like a great guy with great morals. 
What are some cause you care about? Autism Awareness Australia, Beyondblue & Kids helpline

Jan3  Jan Wray 

Fav Movie: Step brothers
Actor: Keanu Reeves
Quote: "Prevention is better than cure"
AFL team: Carlton 
AFL Player: Ed Curnow

Nat Althouse5   Nat Althouse - Buffaloes 


Lisa3  Lisa Smith- St Marys

Fav AFL Team/Player: Essendon / Tim Watson
Movie/Actor: Happy Gilmore / Adam Sandler 
Quote: "Life's like a box of chocolates"
What would your super power be? Read minds 
What are some causes you care about? Mental Health and improving Aboriginal health 

Tim Friend3  Tim Friend 

Fav movie/ Actor: Rock 'n' Rolla/Tom Hardy
AFL Team/player: Collingwood/Jordan De Goey 
Song: Blackened - Metallica
What are you happiest doing? Being with my daughter
Who is someone you admire and why? Dylan Alcott and Kurt Fearnley, incredible attitudes and accomplishments.  

Lori3  Lori Niven 

Favourite movie: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
AFL Team: Essendon
AFLW player: Danielle Ponter
If I were a superhero, what would my superpower be? To know if someone is telling the truth or a lie
What are some causes you care about? Climate Change

Richie2   Richie Pendle 

Favourite Movie: Inception
AFL team: Port Adelaide
AFL player: Shannon Hurn
Song: Uptown Folks - Dope Lemon
Happiest doing: Hanging out with mates and doing an activity in the outdoors like hiking, camping and swimming.
Hannah  Hannah Turnbull 
Favourite movie: Talladega Nights
AFLW player: Erin Phillips
If I were a superhero, what would my superpower be? To FLY!
What are you happiest doing? Walking the dogs, playing footy, going to the markets, & travelling!
What are some causes you care about? Closing the Gap in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians health and life expectancy. 

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 get involved in the program? Would you like to complete a Mental Health First Aid course? Talk to your club today!