Bradford Bulls ace Langley throws his weight behind State of Mind campaign (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Bradford Bulls ace Jamie Langley throws his weight behind State of Mind campaign
Jamie Langley has paid tribute to the State of Mind campaign ahead of this week’s round of fixtures, which been designated specially for the organisation.
Now in its third year, State of Mind explores and promotes initiatives relating to suicide prevention.
It is a campaign very close to the heart of the Bulls after former hooker Terry Newton took his own life in September 2010.
Almost 1,000 players, coaches and support staff from Super League and the Championships have attended State of Mind sessions, with 95 per cent of those attending never having had mental health training before.
Sessions continue to be run at Super League clubs in particular to ensure people can manage the ups and downs of life effectively and encourage people to access support if it is needed.
Langley said the organisation was a big help during the Bulls’ financial crisis last year.
He said: “Rugby league is considered to be one of the most physical sports but if I had to put a number on it, I’d say 80 per cent of it is mental.
“We have such a rollercoaster career; you play through the pain barrier to get wins but the next week you’re hurting mentally after a stinging loss. That’s where State of Mind come in and I think the work they are doing is brilliant.
“Last year at Bradford we were uncertain of our long-term future as professional sportspeople and we didn’t even know if we were going to get paid the next day.
“We had to go and battle it out each week on the pitch and we went through a lot of adversity.
We didn’t really get told what was going on and it was a really difficult thing to contend with.
“When the takeover of the club was finally completed, we were given some direction and now the club seems to be going in the right direction.”
For more information log on to www.stateofmindrugby.com or @SOMRugbyLeague on Twitter.
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