AFLNT Wellbeing champion program kicks off!

20 Dec 2018
AFLNT Wellbeing champion program kicks off!


The Wellbeing champions program

The wellbeing champion program between the AFLNT and headspace Darwin launched at the start of this season and is in full swing! The Wellbeing champions program set out to select passionate individuals who players can go to in need of support with their wellbeing. 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 you.

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Image: Wellbeing champions pictured with Mr. Craig O'Halloran

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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 

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:

- 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:



Emergency Assistance

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.


Supporting friends and family

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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List of wellbeing champions

 Danielle Oppermann                                                                   

Dani Oppermann6                                                           

Nickname: Dani                                                                                                                                                
Fav AFL team/player: Hawthorn/ Luke Bruest                                                    
Fav musician: Amy Shark                                                                                                                  
Fav movie: The Blind Side                                                                                                                         
App you can’t live without: Spotify                                                                                           
Anything else? I am a twin.      

Natalie Althouse                                                           


Nickname: Nan/Nat   
Fav AFL team/player: Bulldogs/ Max Gawn   
Fav Musician: Freddy Mercury  
Fav Movie: Love Actually    
App you can't live without: Snapchat   
Anything else? Born and bred Territorian, but have never caught a barra!

Tom Frawley


Nickname: Frawls
Fav AFL team/ player: Carlton/Patrick Cripps
Fav musician: Eminem
Fav Movie: Gladiator    
App I can't live without: Sportsbet  
Anything else? Gamble Responsibly

Lori Niven


Fav AFL team: Essendon Bombers
Fav player: David Zaharakis
Fav Musician: Boyce Avenue
Fav Movie: Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban

Jan Wray

Nickname: Jan
Fav AFL Team/player: Carlton/ Stephen Silvagni
Fav Musician: Cher
Fav movie: Four weddings and a funeral
App you can't live without: Snapchat
Anything else? Love watching and playing sport!

Brenton Motlop


Nickname: Brenty, Ben10 or Motty
Fav AFL Team/Player: West Coast Eagles/Jeremy McGovern
Fav Musician: Eminem
Fav Movie: Training Day
App you can't live without: Instagram

Jackson Clark

Nickname: Jacko
Fav AFL team/player: Richmond/Jack Riewoldt
Fav musician: Anything from Arctic Monkeys to Kid Cudi
Fav movie: The Butterfly Effect
App you can't live without: Twitter


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"Always make time to do the things you enjoy.” – Tom Boyd.




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 some of Australia’s best athletes 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. For further information how we can train our minds, go to: