What is your State of Mind?

By Savannah Tafau-Levy

NRL Victoria prioritises in the well-being of their players and it has become a core value in the game overall.

The NRL have introduced a State of Mind Grassroots Program aimed at local club communities nationwide across Australia and New Zealand.

The purpose of the campaign is to encourage club members from players, managers and supporters to take ownership of their own mental health, by broadening their help seeking behaviour.

On July 6th, Casey Warriors Club hosted Victoria’s first NRL Grassroots workshop which was delivered by Dean Widders and Jessica McCartney.

Casey Warriors member protection and information officer, Vivian Urzua said, “It was really successful. It let us know as a club that we are on the right path for mental health. It is also in the best interest for our young people.”

An upcoming NRL Grassroots workshop will be brought to the community by Altona Roosters on 10th August.

Aside from the NRL, Waverley Panthers hosted their first Suicide Prevention Workshop alongside the Hayden Butler Foundation held by local chaplain, Mark Bateman.

Waverley Panther’s club president, Teresa Koka said, “It’s really good to hear great feedback from the parents and committee. Particularly the parents of our players as they are more aware of the warning signs and know how to deal with it”.

Due to its success, a second workshop will take place on Monday 8th August encouraging more seniors and players to attend.

For NRL Victoria’s State of Mind round this Saturday, Waverley Panthers will take on South East Titans for the inaugural memorial shield in commemoration of Hayden Butler.

The players will also be wearing customised jerseys in remembrance of Hayden in conjunction with Waverley’s 40th anniversary this year.

If you or someone you know is experiencing mental health issues, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14, beyond blue on 1300 22 4636 or Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.

Last Four Games - Waverley
v Steelers: Loss, 10-76
v Altona Roosters: Loss, 6-48
v Northern Thunder: Loss, 4-72
v Casey Warriors: Loss, 4-38

Round Thirteen
Saturday 23rd July
Waverley Panthers v South East Titans, 3:30pm at Fregon Reserve
Northern Thunder v Werribee Bears, 2:45pm at Seabrook Reserve
Doveton Steelers v North West Wolves, 3:25pm at Betula Reserve
(Casey Warriors, Altona Roosters and Sunbury all have a BYE)


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