NRL State of Mind to visit Far North Queensland region

The NRL Community team will hit the Far North Queensland region at the end of July to deliver education sessions on the NRL State of Mind program with junior and senior rugby league clubs encouraged to register.

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It is hoped there will be representation from each of the rugby league clubs in the Far North Queensland region.

The State of Mind Grassroots program is a four-step recognition process that has been developed in consultation with our expert partners.

The program has been designed to be delivered to club administrators, coaches, managers, volunteers and any other 18+ members of grassroots rugby league clubs across Australia.

Players, facilitators and participants at the NRL State of Mind Education education session held recently in the Burdekin region
Players, facilitators and participants at the NRL State of Mind Education education session held recently in the Burdekin region

Through the program, it is hoped to reduce the stigma around mental illness within the club and community; increase mental health literacy across grassroots rugby league clubs; stimulate help seeking behaviours of club members and community and that each club will take ownership of mental health awareness at the conclusion of the workshop.

The program has been developed in partnership with Lifeline, Kids Helpline, Headspace and the Black Dog Institute and is proudly sponsored by the Queensland Government.

The sessions facilitated by North Queensland Regional Game Development Manager Renae Kunst are being held in three locations starting with Mareeba Leagues Club on Monday, July 29 at 6pm.

This will be followed by a session at Innisfail Brothers Leagues Club on Tuesday, July 30 at 6pm.

The third and final session is to be held at Jones Park, Cairns on Wednesday, July 31 at 6pm.

Further information on the program can be found by visiting the website - NRL State of Mind.

Contact Renae via email at rkunst@nrl.com.au or on 0417 068 132.

Clubs can register via this form - NRL State of Mind club registration form

Main image: Facilitators and participants at the NRL State of Mind education session held recently in Bundaberg