State of Origin rivals Cameron Smith and Robbie Farah encourage the community to ‘break the silence’ around mental health by staring a conversation, even in tense situations.

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 this year’s State of Origin series, the NRL’s State of Mind campaign will launch in partnership with Lifeline, Headspace, Kids Helpline and The Black Dog Institute.

The aim of this campaign, which will be a constant driver in our work over the next 3 years, is to continue to reduce stigma around mental illness, create positive discussion and connection in our communities, and stimulate help seeking behaviours by improving mental health literacy.

Join the conversation with #nrlstateofmind

More information:   http://www.nrlstateofmind.com.au/