The Wellbeing Champions program is designed to make it easier for AFLNT players to seek support for their mental health and wellbeing. Local clubs will have a dedicated ‘Wellbeing Champion’ who can act as an approachable contact, providing players with information about how to look after yourself and what support services are available.
The aim is to pilot the program with a male and female champion at each of the eight premier league clubs. Champions will be passionate about making a change, increasing awareness and reducing the stigma that can prevent players from seeking help.
“This is a great initiative and opportunity for AFLNT players," said Anthony from headspace Darwin. "It identifies a need in local clubs and will provide a great resource for people who may be struggling with issues off the field.”
AFL NT CEO Michael Solomon commended the program and stated, “This is an outstanding way to further support members of our clubs.”
Wellbeing Champions will participate in training courses to prepare them for their peer support role. Training provided by headspace Darwin will include roles and responsibilities, self-care and confidentiality, as well as a Mental Health First Aid course. Champions will also take part in a suicide alertness workshop facilitated by Anglicare NT. The workshop ‘safeTALK’ prepares anyone over the age of 15 to become a suicide-alert helper. The training sessions will be run after hours and will ensure the Wellbeing Champions are well-equipped to assist players in situations they could be facing.
“By getting involved in the program, Wellbeing Champions will provide a safe contact for players, volunteers and community members,” said Jade Gooding, Anglicare NT Executive Manager of Mental Health. “They will present to clubs on mental health and wellbeing, encourage help-seeking behaviours and help others understand referral pathways for local allied health professionals”.
If you are over 25 years of age, can obtain an ochre card, and are passionate about mental health and wellbeing, we would love to hear from you. Contact your NTFL club for an application form and further details, or contact headspace Darwin reception on (08) 8931 5999 or click here