Wests Tigers link with Beyond Blue

Wests Tigers are pleased to announce that the Club has partnered with mental health organisation beyondblue for the next three years.

The new partnership will see Wests Tigers and beyondblue work together to raise awareness of depression, anxiety and suicide prevention in Australia and to reduce any associated stigma.

beyondblue provides information and support to help Australians achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.

As a part of the new agreement, Wests Tigers will be beyondblue’s exclusive NRL partner in New South Wales with the two parties working together on a range of projects.

These include delivering mental health programs within the Wests Tigers community and also for all players and staff. The Club will take part in a beyondblue Cup in the years to come and heavily promote beyondblue’s support services.

Wests Tigers CEO Justin Pascoe said that the Club was looking forward to working closely with beyondblue to raise awareness of mental health in the wider community.

“This partnership with beyondblue allows us to use our position as an NRL team to actively promote the great work that beyondblue do and help raise awareness of depression, anxiety and suicide prevention,” said Pascoe. “We’re in a position where we reach large numbers of people both in our community and across the country on a weekly basis and it’s great that we can use that position to promote a positive message.”

“We’re also set to provide mental health support and training to all of our players and staff which is very important,” he said.

“Unfortunately this Club was touched by suicide in 2013 and we’re committed to ensuring that everyone in our care has the information and support they need to thrive.”

beyondblue Chairman The Hon. Jeff Kennett AC congratulated the Wests Tigers for making a commitment to mental health in their new partnership with beyondblue.

“I am very pleased to launch this new partnership, with beyondblue and the Wests Tigers working to promote good mental health both within the club and with its supporters over the next three years,” he said.

“We hope that NRL supporters will learn from our partnership to take care of their mental health and look after those around them.

“Evidence shows men are far less likely to seek help for mental health conditions than women, and three times more likely to die by suicide, so this partnership provides a great outlet to reach out through the familiar environment of the NRL.”

As a part of the partnership Wests Tigers have appointed two members of the Club’s leadership group, Chris Lawrence and Sauaso Sue, as ambassadors of the partnership, with beyondblue to be the Club’s major charity partner.

http://www.weststigers.com.au/news/2016/01/19/wests_tigers_partner.html

Great news, and a great partnership for the club. Especially in the aftermath of Mosese.

Makes you wonder why we didn’t start something like this a year or two ago though? Still a great initiative and Pascoe (or whomever’s idea it was) should be commended!

This is something that people must be made aware of,mental health problems in Australia are affecting a wide variety of people throughout our communities…this is a great initiative by the Wests Tigers and should be applauded for being involved with Beyondblue…

Outstanding initiative. They don’t call depression the silent killer for nothing. Anything that can be done to tackle this dreadful scourge deserves our unqualified support

A great move from the club. Not only will the club be playing a major active role in highlighting the serious problem mental illness plays in our society but they will finally get something positive going after months of Negativety

Great work Tigers……best offseason news so far

Very pleased to see the club associated with, and supporting the work done by Beyond Blue.

This is a very good thing to be involved with , as some one has said already but it can’t be said enough , mental Health is a major concern , but men are even in a worst position with it due to the mucho image that seems to come out in all of us , it is a natural thing , il protect you , I dont need the doctor , it only hurts a bit , mixed with the fact we struggle to talk to people with any problems it then can get mixed with grog and drugs and then it can turn very bad
Maybe once a month they can post stuff on hear on what to look for in your family , friends etc to keep us all up to speed on who may need a little help

We need to get Kennett onto our board, he would sort it out quick.
He took Hawthorn to the top of the table and could do the same here.

Fantastic decision by the club and I’m sure they will do their part in raising awareness and support for mental health.

Late Tiger puts beyondblue partnership into perspective
Tue 19 Jan, 2016, 5:00pm
By Jack Brady ‌, National Correspondent, NRL.com

Suicide and depression are big issues in society, with Wests Tigers knowing better than many what it’s like to lose one of their own.

Former under-20s player Mosese Fotuaika sadly took his own life almost three years ago, which makes the Wests Tigers’ three-year partnership with beyondblue all the more important.

“Besides the fact that mental health is obviously important to us as an organisation, we’re here to ensure a mentally healthy workplace for not only our players but our staff as well,” Tigers CEO Justin Pascoe said while announcing the club’s deal with beyondblue.

“As you are all aware we have a connection with mental health involving the tragic circumstances which happened in early 2013 so we’re very proud and privileged to have this opportunity to work with beyondblue over the next three years.”

Two members of the Tigers’ leadership group in Chris Lawrence and Sauaso Sue will act as ambassadors of beyondblue in conjunction with the partnership.

“When you have two senior respected players who are willing to put their hand up and say that this is something any of us could encounter, it sends a very important message,” beyondblue chairman Jeff Kennett said on Tuesday.

"What Mosese went through could be happening to someone else, in any walk of life. For those of us who have never suffered clinical depression, please don’t think you’re going to be hit by the black dog stick – it could happen overnight.

“The real question is, who’s next? And because we don’t know who is, it’s about educating ourselves to recognise the signs and do something about it.”

Lawrence has been playing first grade at the Tigers for over a decade and detailed one of his toughest periods at the club, as teammates of Fotuaika came to terms with their mate’s passing.

“That was probably one of the hardest things I had to sit and watch guys go through. Guys like Jesse Sue and a number of the playing group were the same age as Mosese and had come through the Tigers system with him,” Lawrence said.

"Essentially losing your best mate in those circumstances really plays on those guys minds. It’s really unfair for them to carry that burden so for us it’s about preventing that so nobody has to go through that again.

“The incident with Mosese really hit the playing group hard and since then the club has tried to prevent such incidents. This partnership is definitely the biggest step the club has taken and hopefully with myself and Jesse becoming ambassadors we can be educated on ways for players to be encouraged to talk about their issues if they’re there.”

“Our young kids in the NRL are sure to feel the pressure of first grade footy. It’s about trying to help those guys and make sure they get the help they need and openly talking about what they need to move forward.”

Kennett, a former Premier of Victoria and president of AFL outfit Hawthorn, said more needed to be done around mental health for players in all sports.

“When we talk about Occupational Health and Safety, we’re getting a lot better with the safety. But the ‘H’ has been ignored for years despite health being terribly important,” Kennett said.

"What needs to happen is a lot more effort needs to be spent on working with the individuals to make sure they’re adjusting to the circumstances which they are involved in.

"For athletes it’s very tough because there are so many competing to be recognised and retained at the club. But life is short. Therefore to enjoy what you’re doing no matter who you are is terribly important.

“We believe [this partnership will] not only will lead to healthy outcomes, but better performances on the field. We see this as an investment in education, performance and in a membership capacity.”

The NRL has announced its NRL State of Mind ambassadors for 2016, with representatives from all 16 clubs, the Harvey Norman Jillaroos and Touch Football Australia part of the campaign to reduce stigma around mental illness.

Now in its third year, the NRL State of Mind program aims to encourage players, clubs and communities to speak up and seek help if they are experiencing any form of difficulty or difference in their mood.

Great news. For someone who has battled depression for over 20 years I know the good days are good but those bad days are really tough. At some point everyday I wish i was dead but then I look at the photos of my wife and son and move on.For all the guys out there doing it tough, have a chat to your mates and you’ll be surprised how many of us are all in the same boat. Its not weak to ask for help nor is it to take medicine to try end fix the problem.
So proud that our Tigers are doing such a great thing to bring more attention to this disease.

@Balmain Boy:

Wests Tigers are pleased to announce that the Club has partnered with mental health organisation beyondblue for the next three years.

The new partnership will see Wests Tigers and beyondblue work together to raise awareness of depression, anxiety and suicide prevention in Australia and to reduce any associated stigma.

beyondblue provides information and support to help Australians achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.

As a part of the new agreement, Wests Tigers will be beyondblue’s exclusive NRL partner in New South Wales with the two parties working together on a range of projects.

These include delivering mental health programs within the Wests Tigers community and also for all players and staff. The Club will take part in a beyondblue Cup in the years to come and heavily promote beyondblue’s support services.

Wests Tigers CEO Justin Pascoe said that the Club was looking forward to working closely with beyondblue to raise awareness of mental health in the wider community.

“This partnership with beyondblue allows us to use our position as an NRL team to actively promote the great work that beyondblue do and help raise awareness of depression, anxiety and suicide prevention,” said Pascoe. “We’re in a position where we reach large numbers of people both in our community and across the country on a weekly basis and it’s great that we can use that position to promote a positive message.”

“We’re also set to provide mental health support and training to all of our players and staff which is very important,” he said.

“Unfortunately this Club was touched by suicide in 2013 and we’re committed to ensuring that everyone in our care has the information and support they need to thrive.”

beyondblue Chairman The Hon. Jeff Kennett AC congratulated the Wests Tigers for making a commitment to mental health in their new partnership with beyondblue.

“I am very pleased to launch this new partnership, with beyondblue and the Wests Tigers working to promote good mental health both within the club and with its supporters over the next three years,” he said.

“We hope that NRL supporters will learn from our partnership to take care of their mental health and look after those around them.

“Evidence shows men are far less likely to seek help for mental health conditions than women, and three times more likely to die by suicide, so this partnership provides a great outlet to reach out through the familiar environment of the NRL.”

As a part of the partnership Wests Tigers have appointed two members of the Club’s leadership group, Chris Lawrence and Sauaso Sue, as ambassadors of the partnership, with beyondblue to be the Club’s major charity partner.

http://www.weststigers.com.au/news/2016/01/19/wests_tigers_partner.html

Great news, and a great partnership for the club. Especially in the aftermath of Mosese.

Makes you wonder why we didn’t start something like this a year or two ago though? Still a great initiative and Pascoe (or whomever’s idea it was) should be commended!

Absolutely Balmain boy. A very important worthwhile cause. Well done WT.

Just in response to this thread,many people suffer in silence,particularly men who don’t seem to think that depression lasts long and you can get over it simply…it can lead to many varying problems if help is not sought…people don’t have to suffer,all they have to do is seek help from groups such as Beyond blue,Lifeline etc…however you must take the first step in seeking that help,there is no shame in asking for help,which is the main problem…asking for help…I urge anyone who may be in this position or know someone who is to help them take the step to help…we don’t have to be involved with these groups but by helping someone to contact them is saving someone pain and suffering that they need not have in their lives,we as family and friends are showing our true human compassion by helping them in the right direction…I fear no regrets by at least trying to help anyone in dire need of help…This is why the WTs should be commended on making such a great contribution by being involved with Beyond blue,rugby league is such a tough rugged mans game,however some players can become mentally unstable from for eg not having family and friends around or not being used to city life,gambling or drinking,different things affect different people in different ways,any little bit if help can go along,long way in making sure these people don’t sink lower into a depressed shell…

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