NSW Rugby’s charity to tackle mental health


16/11/2018



By NSW Positive Rugby Foundation, NSW Rugby Media

NSW Rugby Union’s official charity, the NSW Positive Rugby Foundation, is partnering with youth mental health organisation, batyr to launch the Get Talkin’ Tour , which kicks of this Friday and Saturday in Orange.




The Get Talkin’ Tour will take mental health education to regional NSW, connecting with local rugby clubs, high schools and community members to start important conversations about mental health and wellbeing.

Members of the NSW Waratahs and NSW Women’s teams will join the tour and lead the way in encouraging positive conversations about mental wellbeing while sharing their tips and tricks with kids on the footy field.
Among those in attendance on the tour include: NSW Waratahs Harry Johnson-Holmes, Tom Robertson and Alex Newsome, as well as NSW Women’s player Mahalia Murphy.

Andrew Hore, CEO of NSW Rugby, is delighted that the organisation’s network of Development Officers and community rugby club volunteers will be playing an important role in facilitating positive conversations around mental health and wellbeing.

“Rugby as a sport is in a unique position to champion wellbeing and address some of the stigma associated with mental health and wellbeing. Community rugby brings families and communities together through social inclusion and a sense of connection. This provides a powerful environment for coming together to talk things out and to provide care and support.”


The Get Talkin’ Tour will visit:



Orange: 16 and 17 November
Bathurst: 19 November
Cowra: 21 November
Wellington: 22 November
Nyngan: 23 November
Dubbo: 24 November
Walgett: 28 November
Wee Waa : 29 November
Moree: 30 November
Narrabri: 1 December

For more information and to register for the tour check out the Get Talkin’ Tour information page at: www.batyr.com.au/gettalkintour/

A person living in rural and remote NSW is twice as likely to die as a result of suicide, as a person living in Sydney. Add to this the pressure of ongoing drought and loss of income on families, and it’s imperative that more needs to be done to support the mental health and wellbeing of these communities.’

batyr CEO, Jon Davies, is looking forward to creating a long-lasting impact in the region and sees the tour as an important first step.

“Through the Get Talkin’ Tour, we’re aiming to create an initiative that builds foundations for positive mental wellbeing in regional communities. By connecting with the local rugby clubs, training local ambassadors on how to speak safely about mental health and empowering them to start positive conversations in their community, we hope to make a long-lasting impact.”

The Get Talkin’ Tour is being supported by:
Macquarie Group, Macquarie Group Foundation, NSW Country Positive Rugby Foundation, Nick Tooth Foundation, Restore Hope and Liptember


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