Statement regarding mental health support

The NRL said today it was disappointed by the remarks and inaccuracies published in the Gold Coast Bulletin on Saturday 20 August 2016, questioning the commitment of the NRL and QRL’s mental health’s support programs on the Gold Coast.

The NRL provided background information to the Gold Coast Bulletin ahead of the article being published, confirming that the NRL and QRL had provided and funded assistance and counselling to clubs hit by tragedies.

The NRL also confirmed to the Gold Coast Bulletin that, as publically announced in May this year, the NRL will join with the Queensland Government to reach more than 200 junior rugby league clubs throughout Queensland over the next three years.

Outreach and programs will help clubs and members to provide mental health training and ongoing assistance and awareness amongst local communities.

The NRL and QRL will continue to support any club throughout Queensland which requires assistance.

The codes and mental health programs are further backed by the support, expertise and personnel of mental health and wellbeing partners – Lifeline, the Black Dog Institute, Kids Helpline and headspace – to help those in the community who are at risk and in need.