Mental Health

WA Footy is committed to championing mental health and wellbeing at all levels of football. We all have a role to play in creating spaces and environments that are safe, inclusive and conducive to positive conversations around mental health and wellbeing. Football and sporting clubs are ideal settings to develop supportive networks and contribute to effective community well-being initiatives.

How can you help?

  • Be a friendly face and listening ear to members.
  • Role model values of the club.
  • Organise quality assured external providers to visit the club.
  • Facilitate and support the maintenance of relationships between the club and key local organisations and providers around initiatives, programs and grants that may be available to the club.
  • Welcome new members to the club.
  • Stay up to date with WA Footy initiatives and resources available. Check out the WA Footy Wellbeing Hub.
  • Engage with your local government and health services to build meaningful relationships between the club, local support networks and providers.

How to seek help

Managing your own mental health is important at all stages of the mental health continuum. The AFL’s How to Seek Help Tool can help you navigate services.

  • Our mental health changes over time in response to different stressors and experiences.
  • We can all move up and down the mental health continuum.
  • When should you reach out for help? The earlier the better.
  • If you are experiencing mental ill-health, reach out for professional help. Our tool helps you know your options.

Mental Health Support Services

Lifeline Australia

24 hours / 7 days a week support available through phone, online chat and or text message.

  • Short-term support for people who are feeling overwhelmed or having difficulty coping or staying safe.
  • confidential one-to-one support with a trained Lifeline telephone crisis supporter.
  • Listen without judgment.
  • Provide a safe space to discuss your needs, worries or concerns.
  • Work with you to explore options for support.

Call 13 11 14, Text 0477 131 114 or visit

Kids Help Line

Kids Helpline is Australia’s only free (even from a mobile), confidential 24/7 online and phone counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25.

Qualified counsellors at Kids Helpline are available via WebChat, phone or email anytime and for any reason.

Call 1800 55 1800 or visit 

Beyond Blue

Beyond Blue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.

All calls and chats are one-on-one with a trained mental health professional, and completely confidential.

Phone support is available 24/7.

Call 1300 22 4636 or visit

MensLine Australia

MensLine Australia offers free professional 24/7 telephone counselling support for men with concerns about mental health, anger management, family violence (using and experiencing), addiction, relationship, stress and wellbeing.

They also offer online chat and video call services.

Call 1300 78 99 78 or visit