Lean On Me – Vikings Rugby’s Well-being & Performance Program

In 2021, Vikings Rugby launched our ‘Lean On Me’ program, a holistic initiative that will benefit all members of our Club and extended Vikings family.


Our Lean On Me program provides access to valuable resources on mental health, nutrition, strength & conditioning, rehabilitation & recovery and cultural recognition & mentorship to Vikings Rugby players, support staff, volunteers and our extended network. The program encapsulates all of the elements listed above, with an aim to expand our Rugby Club’s service offering to current and potential members. The program’s aim is to improve the well-being of our club members, while also enhancing their ability to perform on the Rugby pitch.


We believe that better people make better Rugby players. We have launched Lean On Me to make our people better off the pitch, so that they can perform to their best of their ability while on it. We also understand that Rugby is only one key element in our members lives. Lean On Me provides our Vikings family with essential tools to succeed in all facets of life, so that they can look after themselves, their family, their friends, and improve their overall quality of life.


The following core components will form the basis of Lean On Me.


Mental Health & Wellbeing

Strength & Conditioning

Rehabilitation & Recovery

Cultural Recognition & Mentorship

Mental Health & Wellbeing


Lifeline Crisis Support – 13 11 14

If you, or someone you know needs crisis support; Call Lifeline now on 13 11 14, available 24/7.

Demand for our 13 11 14 telephone crisis service is high, so please stay on hold. We do our best to answer every call as soon as possible.

Lifeline’s crisis support service is available to provide short-term support for people who are feeling overwhelmed or having difficulty coping or staying safe. It is confidential one-to-one support, with a trained Lifeline telephone crisis supporter.

We encourage you to reach out, Lifeline is waiting to listen and wants to help

Menslink & Fearless Women


Menslink has been supporting young men in the Canberra region for over twenty years through our free counsellingvolunteer mentoring, and education programs. In that time we have helped thousands of young guys get through tough or lonely times. We help young blokes reach their full potential and become the great adult men they want to be because we believe everything is possible for them, their families, their mates, and our community.

All our services are provided at no cost and are available to all young men aged 10-25 in Canberra and the surrounding region.

Our sister organisation, Fearless Women was set up recently to provide equivalent services to young women.

Fearless Women

Helping girls and young women live life fearlessly.  Dedicated to helping girls and young women in the ACT fear less and live life with confidence, courage, resilience, and hope.

Beyond Blue

Beyond Blue

Get mental health support:  We all have good days and bad days. Then there are those days when something isn’t quite right, you’ve got something on your mind, or things just seem too much.  It can make a real difference having someone to talk to. To hear what you have to say. And to give you advice.

Our free mental health services help connect you to that person.


R UOK? A conversation can change a life

R U OK? inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with the people around them and start a conversation with those in their world who may be struggling with life.

You don’t need to be an expert to reach out – just a good friend and a great listener.

Kids Help Line

Kids Help Line telephone, web and email counselling is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to children and young people aged 5–25.

You can contact the Kids Help line on 1800 55 1800.

Counselling Online

Counselling Online allows you to communicate with a professional counsellor about your own alcohol and drug use or that of someone you care about. You can:

Chat to a counsellor – get help by chatting online to a counsellor

Email a counsellor – get help and email your questions.

This service is free, confidential and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week across Australia.

Alcohol and Drug Assistance

Family Drug Support  (FDS) is a national service for families dealing with drug and alcohol. FDS provides a toll free, 24-hour national telephone support line, as well as support groups, education programs, counselling and bereavement services for families.FDS has also developed an online resource for families to help families deal with issues associated with ice and other drugs in a way that strengthens relationships and achieves positive outcomes – FDS Online.

Hello Sunday Morning’s Daybreak app is a free resource designed to assist people in changing their relationship with alcohol. The app provides access to private chats with professional Daybreak coaches, an anonymous and supportive community and a comprehensive library of behavioural experiments, built by clinicians and designed to help people develop the skills they need to change their relationship with alcohol.

The Positive Choices Online Portal provides information, tools and resources on the harms of alcohol and other drugs

The Cracks in the Ice toolkit provides the Australian community with trusted, evidence-based information about crystal methamphetamine. The toolkit provides factual and evidence-based information for:

  • community groups
  • friends and families
  • parents
  • teachers and students
  • health professionals.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre

The Knowledge Centre is an online resource that provides evidence-based and tailored materials to workers and communities involved in efforts to reduce the harmful use of alcohol and other drugs in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Sports Chaplaincy Australia

Sports Chaplaincy Australia

Making a difference in the sporting community

While Sports Chaplains are increasingly becoming a standard part of club life, you might be asking “Why do we need a chaplain?” or “Where does a chaplain fit in a sports club?”

Apart from primarily providing ‘Pastoral Care’, our chaplains also provide:

    • Someone to help you build a healthy and strong sports community.
    • Investment in caring for the whole person – on and off the field.
    • Tools to equip your club to deal with the life and wellbeing needs of players, staff members and wider sporting community through sports chaplaincy.

Black Dog Institute

Mullets for Mental Health

Vikings Rugby Mullets for Mental Health – support our Viking Mulletiers by donating for better mental health!

Show you’re all ears this April!

Did you know that suicide is the leading cause of death in people aged 15-44 in Australia? Also, about 50% of people don’t seek help for mental health conditions.

Your mullet will help us drive real change through ground-breaking research into the early detection, prevention, and treatment of common mental health disorders.

This April, it’s time to show you’re all ears for mental health. All you have to do, is shape in and grow your mullet for the month.

Your mullet will help fund crucial mental health research and help to create better mental health for all.