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Langmack shares mental fitness tips on World Mental Health Day

NSWRL Community and Welfare Officer Paul Langmack has reminded anyone dealing with mental health issues to reach out for help as World Mental Health Day is acknowledged across the globe.

Langmack, who represented NSW four times and played over 300 first grade games, started the NSWRL’s Changing Rooms program three years ago which aims to target young players – aged 11-20 years of age – on issues around mental health, suicide prevention and bullying.

One of his key messages is that it’s normal to feel down but if it continues, it’s important to talk about it.

“I tell kids it’s weak to not speak if you’re not feeling ok,” Langmack said.

“Feeling disappointed and sad is normal, but if it continues to be an issue day-after-day then you need to reach out to those closest to you.

“Whether it’s your parents, friends, coach or a professional, it doesn’t matter.”

Langmack also shared some tips for how everyone can improve their mental fitness.

“Mental fitness is a huge problem,” he said.

“I ask everyone, ‘You know what physical fitness means, so what is mental fitness? It’s about how to manage your emotions.’

“On a day like today, learning some little tips and tricks that you can incorporate into your life to improve your mental fitness is so important.

“Things like staying active, whether it’s a quick walk or going to the gym can have a huge impact on mental fitness. Drinking lots of water, maintaining a good diet, getting six to eight hours sleep every day and staying away from screens two hours before bed.

“These aren’t life changing tasks, they’re small things that anyone can include in their day, and you’ll be surprised at what a difference they can make.”

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