Act-Belong-Commit Education Sessions

In partnership with the National Rugby League and the Black Dog Institute, the Act-Belong-Commit team have begun running mental health education sessions in the far-west of NSW.

Act-Belong-Commit works by engaging far-western Rugby League teams and their communities to spread the mentally healthy message. Throughout June, the football teams and their communities have been participating in mental health education sessions.

Joined by NRL Legend, Wayne Wiggam, Act-Belong-Commit has visited Brewarrina, Bourke, Broken Hill, Menindee, Wilcannia and Walgett, Goodooga, Lightning Ridge and Collarenebri throughout June.

The presentation, 'Breaking Down Depression and Building Resilience', incorporates information on understanding mood disorders, seeking help and how to support others through tough times. Mr Wiggam draws on his personal experiences throughout the presentation and follows with information on how to Act-Belong-Commit to keep mentally healthy.

The Act-Belong-Commit team and Mr Wiggam have also been joined by former NRL players Josh Perry, Dean Widders and Michael Vella on their visits to the far western region.

Next on the agenda are Community Festivals to be held during July and August. Combining a home game and a range of fun mentally healthy activities, the festivals work to increase community connectedness and volunteerism.

Find us on Facebook – just search 'Act-Belong-Commit Rural & Remote NSW – or visit us online for more information.

Wilcannia

Community Education Session in Wilcannia