The NRL has engaged Davidson Trahaire Corpsych (DTC) to provide a free and confidential counselling service that is available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week to the following people and their immediate families.
The 16 NRL Clubs each employee two qualified people to look after the welfare, education and non-football career development of approximately 3000 representative players from U/16’s to the NRL within their regions. This is supported by an additional 12 NRL full time staff that guide and assist the implementation of all Welfare and Education programs throughout the game. This total of 44 staff must each have the following qualifications;
Each year the NRL with the support of the Rugby League Players Association (RLPA) conduct various educational workshops for all staff, players and player managers involved in the game. These sessions are designed to increase the awareness and understanding of Mental Health issues and hopefully de-stigmatise the perception of a mental health problem to encourage all people to either ask for help themselves or ask someone else if they need help when required. These workshops include;
The NRL has partnered with the Black Dog Institute (BDI) to provide expert guidance and clinical support for all players and staff that may be suffering from a mood disorder. The BDI are also involved in developing and delivering professional development programs for the clubs Welfare and Education and Medical Staff.
Each NRL and NRL Clubs have also established relationships with key counselling support services for people from different cultures and with specific clinical issues such as drug, alcohol or gambling addictions.
For more information please contact the NRL Senior Welfare and Education Manager, Paul Heptonstall on 02 9359 8710.
One in four children in Australia will experience bullying and half of these cases are never reported. Along with this over 200 million kids are being bullied around the world right now. Bullying can happen anywhere at places like School, on the Bus at After School Care. So....if you are experiencing bullying, you are NOT alone and there is plenty of help out there!
NRL's One Community want to stamp out bullying so they have developed a ‘Tackle Bullying’ DVD which aims to empower you to stand up for yourself and others who are being bullied.
The video above features NRL Legends Andrew Ryan, Nathan Hindmarsh, Hazem El Masri and Mario Fenech who all inspire students to take action.
Remember anyone can be a Hero!
A few things you can do:
FOR MORE TIPS AND GAMES FOR KIDS GO TO THE KIDS HELPLINE WEBSITE
Keeping your body active and physically strong, provide benefits for your mental well‐being as it plays a role in reducing and preventing stress. A win‐win. Exercise does not have to consist of a workout at the gym. Alternatives may include: go for a walk, take a bike ride, work in the garden, do stretching and yoga, light weights.
Ensuring that we have a balanced diet and are getting the right nutrients to fuel our body supports our central nervous system and improves overall health.
We all have stresses in our lives but learning how to deal with them when they threaten to overwhelm us will maintain our mental health. Make yourself take a break.
It’s important to get a good night’s sleep, preferably eight hours of un‐interrupted sleep. Sleep is a universal prerequisite to health and happiness. If you are experiencing problems with sleeping, you should seek help. There are all kinds of simple strategies to help you sleep better.
Make time for leisure activities that bring you joy, whether it be reading, watching a movie, connecting with others or taking a bath. Your body needs time to take a break from your responsibilities and recharge.
Keep alcohol use to a minimum and avoid other drugs. Sometimes people use alcohol and other drugs to "self-medicate" but in reality, alcohol and other drugs only aggravate problems.
Nothing makes you feel better about yourself or the world around you than a good laugh. It’s a great medicine, especially if you can learn to laugh at yourself. Laughter can be very therapeutic so try to incorporate laughter into your day.
Doing things for others is a great tonic when you’re feeling down. Helping a friend, family or a community organization can make you feel included and empowered.
It’s easy to get caught up in the desire to do and experience new things, but having too much on your plate can be counter-productive. Try making a list. If possible, break large tasks into smaller, more manageable items that can easily be ﬁnished.
Surround yourself with positive people; avoid people or situations that drain your energy; ensure that your support team offers unconditional love; network with others who are motivated and aligned with your passions and purpose; and contribute genuinely to the group effort.