Wildcats Support State of Mind

posted on 20 August 2011

The Wakefield Trinity Wildcats are in full support of the new ‘State of Mind’ programme and are working in partnership with local opponents Bradford Bulls.

The programme, that is a partnership between the STATE OF MIND
Programme Board, Super League clubs, the NHS, and charitable organisations, is
being backed by the RFL as the game’s first major attempt
to raise awareness of mental health issues. This has resulted in the RFL designating
the last round of fixtures of Super League XVI as the STATE OF
MIND round.

STATE OF MIND arose following the sad death of former Wildcats player Terry Newton in September 2010. The Programme aims to link local rugby league clubs, both
professional and amateur, in pursuing community wellness, mental health
improvement, and raising awareness of mental health issues.

French hooker Julien Rinaldi is the club’s ambassador for the programme and he met with officials last week at The Rapid Solicitors Stadium to talk about the project and be filmed for the official State of Mind DVD.

The key benefits expected from this programme include

  • Raised awareness of and ability to deal with mental health problems through education, awareness and training
  • Enhanced partnership working amongst key stakeholders of the RFL, players, clubs, coaches and other staff, NHS commissioners and providers and the rugby league communities
  • Recommendations leading to a sustainability plan for the programme of work.

A player education awareness session named ‘Feel Good, Play Better, Live Well’ is being delivered to all Super League clubs and will introduce the stars to the new programme.

For more information on the STATE OF MIND programme telephone Ernie Benbow on 07840 980 773 or 0151 430 7477.

This is Wakefield. Together We Are Stronger.

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