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.
For further information see the link below. More to come.