RUGBY league will once again seize the initiative this weekend when the 14 First Utility Super League clubs join forces with State of Mind to raise awareness of mental health issues within sport.
Activities at the seven fixtures in Round 25 of Super League will highlight some of the sterling work that is already taking place with players, the wider game and its communities.
Now in its fourth year, the State of Mind round kicks off on Thursday when Warrington Wolves host Huddersfield Giants.
Giants prop Eorl Crabtree believes that young rugby league players need to be as attentive to their mental health as they are to their physical fitness and feels networks such as State of Mind are an invaluable source of advice and support.
“State of Mind is a massive thing in rugby league, and I think mental health is important in all aspects of life,” said Crabtree.
“It’s sometimes overlooked in rugby league because it’s such a very masculine sport. It’s about putting your body on the line and not showing weakness.
“It’s not just about what’s on the field, it’s off the field too. It can be anything, but it all contributes to your mental health and your state of mind.
“For me personally, I’ve been through a few trials and tribulations as a rugby player. I’ve had moments when I’ve been pretty down and managed to come through the other side.”