Bradford Bulls star Chev Walker backs State of Mind charity

Chev Walker is a State of Mind ambassador

Chev Walker is a State of Mind ambassador

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CHEV Walker has spoken of the importance of players' mental health ahead of this weekend's round of Super League fixtures which are dedicated to the State of Mind programme.

The Bulls star suffered an horrific leg break when he was at Hull KR in 2009 and the injury took a mental as well as physical toll on him.

But the support of a network of people helped him make a return to rugby league.

State of Mind was established in 2011 in response to the death of Terry Newton, to raise awareness of mental health issues, tackle stigma and signpost support to rugby league players and fans that do not access help.

Walker, a State of Mind ambassador, said: "You tend to reach out to everybody really.

"Obviously, you're dependent on the physio to do their job and you try to build a relationship with them to make sure that you're getting the most out of your days counting down to the comeback.

"But there's also your team-mates. You try and stay in the loop with them and not distance yourself because you're not training with them.

"For me, it was a matter of being able to keep my face in there and make sure I spent some time with the boys, staying in that team environment."

Walker also believes that talking to others is vital for any player who is experiencing difficulties.

"I think it does make people aware that there are people there to talk to," he said.

"It just encourages people to talk freely about being down. For me, it's really important that we do raise awareness that there are people to talk to.

"I think with State of Mind being in place, it doesn't have that stigma attached to it any more.

"If you are feeling a bit down or a bit fed-up, then the younger lads are more comfortable coming forward, approaching the senior players and saying it.

"I know back in my day you probably didn't want to approach them (because of the stigma), but realistically the actual game hasn't changed that much.

"They probably would have listened to you and given you time, it's just a matter of there now being more awareness that there are issues with sports people, especially young men.

"It's good that it's out there and people don't feel alienated and think they're on their own."

Walker also has some advice for any player who is experiencing difficulties.

"Don't be afraid to talk, it's more manly to be able to talk about your problems and ask for that little bit of help," he said.

"We play in a sport where we're all friendly and we all get out there on the pitch. We are what we are, which is rugby players. Don't be afraid to talk."

Walker is currently sidelined with a hand injury he suffered against Huddersfield Giants last month but is hoping to return to action before the end of the season.

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1:33am Wed 27 Aug 14

parkofl says...

How come mr khan the little curry shop owner works his way into everything using the race card worms his way into bradford bulls take a minimum of 200k then we TAX payers and long time loyal supporters of the bulls are told it is of no interest to us it's a closed shop
We'll let me tell you
We pay our taxes of which he borrowed of OUR money
We pay our gate receipts at the turnstile always
How is it of no interest to the tax paying public
This is an outrage and one big cover up yet again
No wonder bradford is on its knees another perfect example of how the integration system doesn't work
Bradford has and is being bled dry from the paracites who take and give nothing back
True sponsors morrisons jct coral windows tl Dallas just but a few whom give sponsorship and take nothing but pride in the sporting teams doing well
Sorry I had to voice this about Mr khan on this article but as always the t&a will sit on the fence publishing an article that you cannot comment on
Here's to the t&a and the tax dodging curry shop waiter
Have a consciousnce man step up and show us that you are not the person I portray you to be ????
How come mr khan the little curry shop owner works his way into everything using the race card worms his way into bradford bulls take a minimum of 200k then we TAX payers and long time loyal supporters of the bulls are told it is of no interest to us it's a closed shop We'll let me tell you We pay our taxes of which he borrowed of OUR money We pay our gate receipts at the turnstile always How is it of no interest to the tax paying public This is an outrage and one big cover up yet again No wonder bradford is on its knees another perfect example of how the integration system doesn't work Bradford has and is being bled dry from the paracites who take and give nothing back True sponsors morrisons jct coral windows tl Dallas just but a few whom give sponsorship and take nothing but pride in the sporting teams doing well Sorry I had to voice this about Mr khan on this article but as always the t&a will sit on the fence publishing an article that you cannot comment on Here's to the t&a and the tax dodging curry shop waiter Have a consciousnce man step up and show us that you are not the person I portray you to be ???? parkofl
  • Score: 4

7:31am Wed 27 Aug 14

1964gc says...

parkofl wrote:
How come mr khan the little curry shop owner works his way into everything using the race card worms his way into bradford bulls take a minimum of 200k then we TAX payers and long time loyal supporters of the bulls are told it is of no interest to us it's a closed shop
We'll let me tell you
We pay our taxes of which he borrowed of OUR money
We pay our gate receipts at the turnstile always
How is it of no interest to the tax paying public
This is an outrage and one big cover up yet again
No wonder bradford is on its knees another perfect example of how the integration system doesn't work
Bradford has and is being bled dry from the paracites who take and give nothing back
True sponsors morrisons jct coral windows tl Dallas just but a few whom give sponsorship and take nothing but pride in the sporting teams doing well
Sorry I had to voice this about Mr khan on this article but as always the t&a will sit on the fence publishing an article that you cannot comment on
Here's to the t&a and the tax dodging curry shop waiter
Have a consciousnce man step up and show us that you are not the person I portray you to be ????
Agree entirely, and just when it looks like the t and are being proper journalist,they get cold feet and protect khan by removing the comments section,along with everyone's opinions_stinks


Sorry to write on this story too,keep up the good work chev
[quote][p][bold]parkofl[/bold] wrote: How come mr khan the little curry shop owner works his way into everything using the race card worms his way into bradford bulls take a minimum of 200k then we TAX payers and long time loyal supporters of the bulls are told it is of no interest to us it's a closed shop We'll let me tell you We pay our taxes of which he borrowed of OUR money We pay our gate receipts at the turnstile always How is it of no interest to the tax paying public This is an outrage and one big cover up yet again No wonder bradford is on its knees another perfect example of how the integration system doesn't work Bradford has and is being bled dry from the paracites who take and give nothing back True sponsors morrisons jct coral windows tl Dallas just but a few whom give sponsorship and take nothing but pride in the sporting teams doing well Sorry I had to voice this about Mr khan on this article but as always the t&a will sit on the fence publishing an article that you cannot comment on Here's to the t&a and the tax dodging curry shop waiter Have a consciousnce man step up and show us that you are not the person I portray you to be ????[/p][/quote]Agree entirely, and just when it looks like the t and are being proper journalist,they get cold feet and protect khan by removing the comments section,along with everyone's opinions_stinks Sorry to write on this story too,keep up the good work chev 1964gc
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9:27am Wed 27 Aug 14

Bull4Life says...

parkofl, 1964gc and everybody else who managed to comment yesterday before the comments were pulled...

Whilst I share entirely your views and concerns, please PLEASE actually read the article before you comment. If you do you will see that the T&A have deliberately and unprofessionally mislead it's readers yet again to provoke a reaction. Nowhere in the article, other than the twisted headline, do Bradford Council claim that it is 'not in the public interest'.

What they claim is that due to a confidentiality clause the information that the T&A requested is exempt from being revealed under the Freedom of Information Act, and that as such, public interest does not come into it - ie it does not matter whether it is in the public interest or not, it is exempt from being revealed due to that confidentiality clause.

This is vastly different from the heading given to the article by the T&A and is yet another example of the unprofessional and twisted way that the media in this country operates. By all means T&A, write over sensationalised headings to get people to take notice and provoke a reaction - but don't then pull the plug on the comments section because you can't handle the reaction you received!

Furthermore, most Bulls fans are for the first time in ages actually looking forward, not backwards, with recent goings on at the club, so unless you have actual tantalising information of interest, stop digging up the past - it's done - all you are doing is keeping Omar Khan in the public eye - something he does not deserve one bit.

Rant Over. Onwards and Upwards! COYB
parkofl, 1964gc and everybody else who managed to comment yesterday before the comments were pulled... Whilst I share entirely your views and concerns, please PLEASE actually read the article before you comment. If you do you will see that the T&A have deliberately and unprofessionally mislead it's readers yet again to provoke a reaction. Nowhere in the article, other than the twisted headline, do Bradford Council claim that it is 'not in the public interest'. What they claim is that due to a confidentiality clause the information that the T&A requested is exempt from being revealed under the Freedom of Information Act, and that as such, public interest does not come into it - ie it does not matter whether it is in the public interest or not, it is exempt from being revealed due to that confidentiality clause. This is vastly different from the heading given to the article by the T&A and is yet another example of the unprofessional and twisted way that the media in this country operates. By all means T&A, write over sensationalised headings to get people to take notice and provoke a reaction - but don't then pull the plug on the comments section because you can't handle the reaction you received! Furthermore, most Bulls fans are for the first time in ages actually looking forward, not backwards, with recent goings on at the club, so unless you have actual tantalising information of interest, stop digging up the past - it's done - all you are doing is keeping Omar Khan in the public eye - something he does not deserve one bit. Rant Over. Onwards and Upwards! COYB Bull4Life
  • Score: 1

7:28pm Wed 27 Aug 14

raisemeup says...

This is one of the most important things that Rugby League can be proud of, insofar that they have brought to light one of the problems that beset the late Terry Newton. That Chev Walker has highlighted it so well in this article deserves credit as it should be a beacon for all the sporting world to realise that the pressures professional sportsmen and women face does not need to be swept under the table anymore, and they can talk about it to those who either understand or have faced it before. So well done Chev, you have shown us you will be a true ambassador for the sport.
To previous posters, Incidentally it's bad form to comment on other stories when faced with this article, plus the comments were probably totally and ludicrously inaccurate, for example when have Morrisons and sponsorship mixed?
This is one of the most important things that Rugby League can be proud of, insofar that they have brought to light one of the problems that beset the late Terry Newton. That Chev Walker has highlighted it so well in this article deserves credit as it should be a beacon for all the sporting world to realise that the pressures professional sportsmen and women face does not need to be swept under the table anymore, and they can talk about it to those who either understand or have faced it before. So well done Chev, you have shown us you will be a true ambassador for the sport. To previous posters, Incidentally it's bad form to comment on other stories when faced with this article, plus the comments were probably totally and ludicrously inaccurate, for example when have Morrisons and sponsorship mixed? raisemeup
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