HOLISTIC AND HEALTHY: Anthony Minichiello, Jayden Ellis of Kyogle, Brayden Neilson, Lachlan Anderson, Tom Farragher and Kodi Crowther, all of Ballina, at the mental wellbeing and sporting clinic in Lismore yesterday.
HOLISTIC AND HEALTHY: Anthony Minichiello, Jayden Ellis of Kyogle, Brayden Neilson, Lachlan Anderson, Tom Farragher and Kodi Crowther, all of Ballina, at the mental wellbeing and sporting clinic in Lismore yesterday. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Talking health with Hindmarsh and Minichiello

NRL legends and One Community ambassadors Anthony Minichiello and Nathan Hindmarsh held a mental wellbeing and sporting clinic in Lismore yesterday.

The clinic aimed to teach young rugby league players how to live a holistic and healthy life.

Lachlan Anderson, 13, attended the event at the Police Citizens Youth Club.

He said it prepared them for the future.

"There's other websites to go to, and just talking about how we can be good and friendly to other people even if they're being mean," Lachlan said.

"It's very good to express your feelings with other people, so you're not alone.

In Australia one in five people will experience a mental illness each year. Women are more likely to use mental health services.

Hindmarsh said this was one of the reasons why it was important to speak to the NRL community.

"It's trying to get the boys to understand it's okay to share your feelings ... and just trying to break down that stigma associated with mental health," he said.

Some of the topics discussed included the amount of sleep teenagers should get, nutrition, hydration and the importance of exercise.

Minichiello said it was important for kids in regional communities to have the opportunity to talk about their mental health.

"Most players are in the Sydney area, and it's great to come out to the country which is really the grassroots of the NRL," he said.

The clinic was organised through the NRL campaign, State of Mind, a partnership between Black Dog Institute, Kids Helpline, Lifeline and Head Space.



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