Beyondblue’s work is aimed at achieving an Australian community that understands depression and anxiety, empowering all Australians, at any life-stage, to seek help. Beyondblue raises awareness, reduces stigma and ensures people have access to the information they need to support recovery, management and resilience.

beyondblue info line: 1300 22 4636 or go to



Headspace supports young people aged 12 to 25 going through a tough time. To find your nearest headspace centre or for online and telephone mental health support visit



A national charity helping all Australians affected mental illness lead a better life.

SANE Australia works for a better life for those affected through campaigning, research, education, support, and training programs.

It operates the only national 1800 Helpline for people concerned about mental illness.

Resources available through its website provide comprehensive, easy-to-read explanations about mental illness, treatments, and what people can do to help themselves.

Go to for more information or call 1800 18 SANE (1800 18 7263)



Lifeline is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis access to online, phone and face-to-face crisis support and suicide prevention services. These services are delivered by 11,000 volunteers.

Suicide remains the leading cause of death for Australian men under the age of 34. Somewhere in Australia there is a new call to Lifeline every minute, with up to 50 of these calls from those at risk of suicide.

Every dollar donated helps Lifeline saves lives.

Need crisis support now? We’re here to help. Call 13 11 14 (24/7).


The Black Dog Institute is dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by mood disorders through high quality translational research, clinical expertise and education programs. 

The Institute combine expertise in clinical management with cutting edge research to develop new and more effective strategies for people living with mood disorders.  They also place emphasis on teaching people to recognise the symptoms of mood disorders in themselves and others, as well as providing them with the right psychological tools to hold the black dog at bay.

For more information visit



Davidson Trahaire Corpsych (DTC) is Australia's leading provider of wellbeing services for employees. DTC provides Employee Assistance Programs, critical incident management and training and support services for stress, mental health, fatigue, change and conflict. In addition we provide online and face to face physical health assessments and a range of financial education and assistance programs. We provide support to every industry sector with more than 1,600 customers nationally ranging in size from less than a dozen to more than 100,000 employees.

For more information or assistance call DTC on 1300 360 364 or visit



MensLine Australia is a free, 24/7, professional counselling service especially for men. Available over the phone or online, our qualified counsellors support thousands of Australian men to get through some of their toughest challenges. MensLine Australia offers completely confidential support and information, specialising in family and relationship concerns.

It's ok to talk!

Call us on 1300 78 99 78, or visit  for online counselling (via chat or video) and more information.   



BoysTown is a not-for-profit organisation with over 50 years experience helping disadvantaged young people find their place in life through training, counselling and other support services.

Call us on 07 3368 3399, or visit



Kids Helpline is Australia's only free, private and confidential, telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25.

We care and we listen, any time and for any reason. Call 1800 55 1800 or visit

  • Beyond Blue

  • Blackdog

  • Kids Helpline

  • DTC

  • Headspace

  • Lifeline

  • MensLine

  • Sane




It doesn’t have to be awkward

Two of the toughest rivals in State of Origin history, Paul Gallen and Nate Myles have joined forces to encourage people to seek help for mental health issues.

  • Small Talk (Coming soon)


  • Josh McGuire

  • David Shillington

  • Dale Finucane

  • Josh Jackson

  • Reni Maitua

  • Daniel Holdsworth

  • Siosaia Vave

  • Beau Falloon

  • Jamie Buhrer

  • Kenny Bromwich

  • Michael Dobson

  • Michael Morgan

  • David Gower

  • Beau Champion

  • Dan Hunt

  • Aidan Guerra

  • Dene Halatau

  • Nathan Hindmarsh

  • Petero Civoniceva




Employment Assistance Program

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.

  • All NRL and NYC players
  • Retired NRL players
  • NSW and QLD State League players
  • NRL, QRL, NSWRL, CRL and all Emerging States staff

Welfare and Education Staff

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;

  • Certificate 4 in Career Development
  • Mental Health First Aid Certificate


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;

  • Suicide Prevention
  • Mood Disorders
  • Gambling, Drug and Alcohol Addictions
  • Cultural Awareness around Mental Health

Specialist Support Services

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!

What to do if you or a friend are bullied?

A few things you can do:

  • Talk to someone you trust about what is happening. This could be your mum, dad, brother, sister, friend, teacher, coach, aunty, uncle etc.
  • Respond to the bully. Let the bully know you are not happy with what is happening.
  • If you don't feel comfortable with this walk away and let someone else know.
  • Dont be a bystander. Make sure you stand up for your friends


Types of Bullying

Includes hitting, kicking, tripping, pinching and pushing, or damaging property.
Includes name-calling, insults, teasing, intimidation, racist remarks, or verbal abuse.
Includes behavioural actions designed to harm a child’s reputation or cause humiliation, like lying and spreading rumours, negative facial gestures, playing mean jokes to embarrass or humiliate a child, mimicking the child in a mean way, encouraging social exclusion of a child, etc.
Includes taunting or humiliation through social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) or the Internet.




Regular Exercise

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.


Healthy Eating

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.


Manage stress

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.


Get plenty of sleep

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 fun

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.


Avoid alcohol, cigarettes and drugs

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.


Care for others

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.


Take things one at a time

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.


Build a strong support system

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.