League legends take mental fitness to the country
Published: 12 May, 2017
In association with the Act-Belong-Commit, Rugby League legends Wayne Wigham and Percy Knight will be taking their message about mental health to country NSW.
When Rugby League great Wayne Wigham opened up publicly about his experience with depression, he made his message clear - mental illness can affect anyone even if it doesn’t show it on the surface.
After seven years working in the Black Dog Institute Education Team, he is gearing up to take his message to communities and schools in country NSW in association with the Act-Belong-Commit initiative.
With the barriers around accessing effective mental health services in rural regions, it is vital that these communities are offered these opportunities. Raising awareness and providing quality evidence-based education can have a big impact on the way that entire communities encounter mental illness individually and collectively.
Wayne and former teammate Percy Knight will tour northern and central New South Wales presenting free mental health talks in seven towns. Focusing on discussions about depression and anxiety, Wayne and Percy will talk openly about signs, symptoms and proactive help seeking in an effort to break down the stigma that can surround mental illness.
The pair will also take the opportunity to deliver the Mental Fitness program in local high schools, providing students an introduction to building resilience and wellbeing by demonstrating practical ways to build mental strength, flexibility and endurance.
The free presentations will be on offer in the following towns:
- Walgett – 6pm Tuesday 16 - Walgett Sporting Club
- Goodooga - 6pm Wednesday 17 - Youth Centre
- Collarenebri - 6pm Thursday 18 - Collarenebri Club
- Lightning Ridge - 6pm Friday 19 - Lightning Ridge Bowling Club
- Cobar - 6pm Monday 22 - Cobar Bowling & Golf Club
- Bourke - 6pm Tuesday 23 - Bourke PCYC
- Brewarrina - 6pm Wednesday 24 – TBC
If you would like to know more about the tour or any of the Black Dog Institute's other community presentation opportunities, please email firstname.lastname@example.org