For the past 2 years, NRL Community has been using our voice, in consultation with Australia’s leading 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, and at the crisis end, suicide is the largest killer of individuals aged 15 – 44. 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.
During last year's State of Origin, the NRL's state of Mind campaign launched 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 over the next two years, is to;
1. Use the Game's reach, profile, Clubs and players to reduce stigma around mental illness;
2. Stimulate help seeking behaviours by educating and informing our community with appropriate resources and literature;
3. Connect Rugby League communities with our expert partners; and
4. Develop elite players to be leaders in mental health advocacy within their Clubs and communities.
The following players were selected as the game’s inaugural NRL State of Mind Ambassadors and will participate in training including a Mental Health First Aid Certificate.
With the knowledge and experience they gain as Ambassadors they will then be equipped to lead the increase
In consultation with our partners, a 6 step recognition process will be implemented across our Grassroots Clubs.
The key outcomes of the State of Mind Grassroots program will be a constant driver in our work;
In 2016 we are targeting 40 NRL Grassroots Clubs to participate in the program to join us in supporting those affected by mental health.
NRL Welfare & Education Program
The goal of our Welfare & Education Program is to turn talented boys into men of character and integrity: men who are all the better for having been part of Rugby League.
Every element of the program is designed to help our players grow and develop their potential in every aspect of their lives.
"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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