NRL Community has been using our voice, in consultation with Australia’s leading mental health experts, to make a difference to a big issue that impacts our game and our communities – mental illness.
Mental illness doesn’t discriminate. In Australia, 1-in-2 people are affected by mental illness. It’s Australia’s single biggest health issue and, as Australia’s biggest sporting community, we can and should play a pivotal role in improving the outcomes for those affected.
The NRL's State of Mind program has been developed in partnership with Lifeline, Kids Helpline, headspace and The Black Dog Institute.
The aim of this program, which will be the constant driver of our work, is to;
1. Use the Game's reach, profile, Clubs and players to reduce stigma around mental illness;
2. Increase our participants understanding of mental health;
3. Stimulate help seeking behaviours by educating and informing our community with appropriate resources and literature;
4. Connect Rugby League communities with our expert partners; and
The role is voluntary and players have self-nominated to be part of the program based on their desire to make a difference.
The following players have been selected as the our current crop of NRL State of Mind Advocates and will participate in all necessary training. With the knowledge and experience they gain as Advocates they will then be equipped to lead the increase
The State of Mind Grassroots Program is a four-step recognition process that has been developed in consultation with our expert partners.
The key outcomes of the State of Mind Grassroots Program will be a constant driver in our work;
In 2018, we are targeting 92 grassroots Rugby League clubs to participate in the program.
NRL Welfare & Education Program
We want players and officials to be proud of the game they play and love, but also balanced in their approach to life. The NRL/RLPA Wellbeing and Education team want all in the Rugby League family to achieve success on the field as well as off it.
To find out more information, visit: www.nrl.com/wellbeing-and-education/
Our people are better for having been part of the Rugby League community.
Our goal is to create individuals who are:
Mental & Wellbeing Challenges
The NRL Welfare and Education Program has intensified key triggers that may present risks to players mental wellbeing and offers support to manage these.
Mental Health Support
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