NRL legend tackles mental health in the bush
CLINTON Toopi has played more than 200 games of professional rugby league and knows just how hard mental health problems can hit someone.
As part of the NRL State of Mind program, MrToopi will be in Roma today to educate everybody and anybody about reducing the stigma around mental health, increasing mental health literacy and stimulating health-seeking behaviour.
Mr Toopi said the most powerful thing people could do was open up and have those conversations.
"As former players, we know how hard mental health issues can hit,” MrToopi said.
"We've gone through them, whether that is failures, injuries, form slumps or even relationship breakdowns, we know and we are here to share our experiences.
"We want have an impact on the people so they are more aware of what the signs and symptoms look like, how to approach it, how to have confidence and align them to those services in the community.”
Although the State of Mind program is based at grassroots clubs, MrToopi said everybody and anybody was welcome.
"Roma has been devastated by the drought having huge impacts on the mental health of farmers who tend to have the hard and old-school way of thinking.
"These programs allow them to walk away with something valuable to either help within themselves and cope but also to know what reaching out for help looks like. Everybody is welcome and I encourage you to come and join the conversation.”
KICK-OFF:Tuesday, from 8.30am.
For counselling help, call Lifeline on 131114.