New state of mind

HEALTHY MINDS: (From left) Craig Hammermeister, State of Mind ambassador Dave Shillington, young player Isaac Forrest and Chinchilla club president Lee Irwin at the fundraiser on Saturday.
HEALTHY MINDS: (From left) Craig Hammermeister, State of Mind ambassador Dave Shillington, young player Isaac Forrest and Chinchilla club president Lee Irwin at the fundraiser on Saturday. Sophie Volker

RUGBY LEAGUE: Former Australian player David Shillington visited Chinchilla on Saturday to help eradicate the stigma surrounding mental illness in rugby league.

Shillington is an ambassador for the NRL State of Mind program, launched in partnership with Lifeline, Kids Helpline, headspace and The Black Dog Institute, which aims to tackle mental health issues in the sport.

The Chinchilla Rugby League Football Club held a fundraiser on Saturday in support of the program, which Shillington said can be a driver for social change.

"Sport in general is great for social cohesion and a sense of belonging and rugby league, with its popularity in Australia, can actually drive social change,” Shillington said.

"I really believe this program is doing that - it's getting the communities talking about mental health issues, which is the first step to solving mental health issues.

"We're raising awareness about the signs, symptoms and how to get help and just reducing the stigma around it through letting people know how common these issues are.”

Shillington, who has family members living in rural Queensland, said it was especially important to raise awareness of mental health in rural areas such as Chinchilla.

"Having family in different rural communities, I know that those lifestyles can sometimes feel isolated, employment situations can fluctuate and families might move from home, so it can sometimes mean a disconnect,” Shillington said.

"So with those things in mind, there's definitely going to be a need for more awareness around mental health.”

Chinchilla Rugby League Football Club president Lee Irwin said the fundraiser was a massive success.

"We had lots of people come out for the game and they stayed on through the night, which was really great,” Irwin said.

Irwin said the State of Mind program was something they were glad they could provide, to support everyone involved in the football club.

"It's an outlet for kids to come out here and know that they can talk about what's going on in their lives,” Irwin said.

"It's about getting the kidsto open up and givingthem the skills to cope with anxiety and depression.

"It really is like a big family here and to offer that support to our players and community is the main reason we did this.

"In the old days of rugby league, they just had to harden up and get on with it. We're trying to remove that stigma and really support this community.”

If you or someone you know is struggling, please phone Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Remarkable ring recoveries inspire woman's own plea

APPEAL: Inspired by miraculous recovery stories, Dalby's Katrina Reed has gone public with an appeal to find her husband Scott Reed's ring (inset).

And now she's turning to social media for help

Tara cadets standing proud

JOB WELL DONE: Tara Emergency Cadets at the Tara Festival of Culture and Camel Races.

Cadets recognised for a job well done

Dawn just loves to dance

POISE AND GRACE: 14-year-old Dawn Love has been learning ballet for two years and recently excelled during her AOTD exams.

Miles teen aces dance exams.

Local Partners

On the road to glory

Chinchilla's Dan and Tara Czislowski have been racing for just a year, but they're on the verge of being crowned Australia's offroad superlite king and queen.

Jemma's bewitching voice

STAGE PRESENCE: Suzie Mathers and Jemma Rix in a scene from Wicked The Musical.

Wicked musical theatre star Jemma Rix has released her debut album.

This laughter yoga video will have you in fits of giggles

BEST MEDICINE: Karen Flannery is spreading happiness through laughter throughout Hervey Bay.

New members needed for a laughing good time

Dancers show off skills at Toowoomba Eisteddfod

Milla Rowbotham and Rebecca Gill from All Star Dance Academy .Toowoomba Eisteddfod, Empire Theatre. August 2017

Poems and dances dominated the 72nd City of Toowoomba Eisteddfod

Taylor Swift wipes presence off social media

TAYLOR Swift has completely disappeared off social media — and her fans don’t know what to think.

Swedish TV drama turns up heat

Louise Nyvall stars in the Swedish TV series Farang.

Scandinavian crime thriller goes troppo

Aboriginal artists' call to action

Anwar Young, winner of this year's overall prize and last year's young artist prize.

Important messages of survival and healing

Radio host Matt Okine leaps to small screen

Valene Kane, Matt Okine and Harriet Dyer star in the TV series The Other Guy.

First foray into acting a long time in the making

Hollywood’s new highest paid actress

Jennifer Lawrence had to settle for third this year behind Emma Stone and Jennifer Aniston.

CAN you guess who has dethroned Jennifer Lawrence?

Movie trailer dubbed too racy for TV

Alicia Vikander stars in Tulip Fever.

THE trailer for Tulip Fever is so saucy some networks have banned it

Liz Hurley, 52, has never looked better

She’s definitely not shy to pose in a bikini.

Life in your 50s has never looked as good as it does on Liz Hurley.

EXPLAINED: What the 'Costco effect' means for Ipswich

PRICE WARS: A Costco store similar to this one in Canberra, is planned for Ipswich.

Exclusive 'cult' about to change how families do grocery shopping

4800 homes to be built in massive new Coast estate

Masterplanned community full steam ahead - it's not Caloundra South

Open for inspection homes August 17 - 23

Check out this weekend's homes open for inspection.

Airbnb, Stayz and co tipped to squeeze Coast housing market

HOLIDAY BOOM: Airbnb letting is putting a further squeeze on long-term rentals.

Councils exploring options to manage the industry

How we got a rental straight away on the Coast

Rita and David Allara, moved down from Townsville, paid three months up front rent to secure the place at flash new unit block in Kings Beach.

Genius move helps secure rental property

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!