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On average, 2.5 players in every run-on Rugby League team will experience depression.

Symptoms of depression include:

  • negative self-talk,
  • lowered self-esteem,
  • low energy levels,
  • drastically increased/decreased appetite,
  • changes to sleeping patterns,
  • uncontrollable emotions,
  • increased anxiety,
  • increased anger and more.

Anyone experiencing these symptoms for more than a fortnight should seek professional help.

If a person indicates they think they might be suffering depression, use these steps to help guide you both through it:

  1. Assess the situation: How desperate is the person? Are they suicidal?
  2. Listen without judgement: Ask questions to find out more about the situation.
  3. Give support and information: Depression is a very common disease. It’s no-one’s fault.
  4. Encourage the person to seek professional help: Suggest ‘League Support’, Blackdog Institute and MensLine.
  5. Encourage other support: Family members, partners, friends, NSWRL Welfare and Education.

If the person in question is suicidal, do not leave them alone until professional help is sought.

Suicide Leads Male Deaths In Australia In Ages 15-44

Men are three times more likely to kill themselves than women and suicide is the leading cause of death in men aged between 15 and 44.

On average there are five male suicides per day in Australia. Vilification and continual bullying are contributors to this.

If you or someone you know is experiencing negative or dark thoughts, seek professional help immediately.

There are a host of organisations who can provide assistance to those who are struggling and need someone to talk to. Beyond Blue, for example, does wonderful work and can be contacted at any time on 1300 224 636.

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