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Welcome to GW Connect! 

GW Connect is a concept which was born out of a series of tragic events which struck Gridiron West that really highlighted the hidden struggle that many people were going through. 

GW Connect is designed to be a safe space where people who are suffering with mental health issues, whatever they may be can connect with peers and friends through our sporting network and seek advice, support, guidance, referral to professional agencies or simply a sympathetic ear when one is needed. The connection can be formal or anonymous through our network or you can simply follow the links on this page to help guide you to find the support that’s right for you. 



If you would rather seek help from someone else other than our trained volunteers, below are some useful links, just click the button to be taken to their website. REMEMBER you are not alone there is always someone to talk to, no matter what you think DO NOT struggle alone, please reach out.

I had a black dog, his name was depression

At its worst, depression can be a frightening, debilitating condition. Millions of people around the world live with depression. Many of these individuals and their families are afraid to talk about their struggles, and don’t know where to turn for help. However, depression is largely preventable and treatable. Recognizing depression and seeking help is the first and most critical towards recovery.


Within Gridiron West we have volunteers who are trained in mental first aid and are always happy to talk and offer support, no matter what time of day, during the season or out of season someone from Gridiron West is always available to help.

You are family and nothing means more to us than listening and helping you through any struggles you may have now or in the future. All sessions are completely confidential and remember we are here to help you if needed, you can find the details of our volunteers by clicking the link below.