A day devoted to stamping out the stigma around mental illness could become an annual fixture with locals and visitors alike embracing the spirit of the day when the Nyngan Tigers Senior Rugby League Club hosted its mental health round.
The day, which was a collaboration between Nyngan Tigers and Ability Links NSW, aimed to break down barriers associated with mental illness, foster community understanding and empower people to seek help when needed.
Former professional rugby league player and Black Dog Institute representative Wayne Wigham addressed each team at the end of their games, highlighting the importance of people seeking help when they don’t feel like themselves.
Aside from football, the day also included lots of sharing of stories, information and the making of a Pledge Banner, which members of the community recorded their messages. At the end of the day, the banner was presented to the Club to keep in the change rooms as a reminder of the messages made on the day.
Club Committee member Trevor Waterhorse told the local newspaper he “thought it was well and truly worthwhile and I think it’ll be something the club will work on doing each year.”
This post was written by Alex Lewers