Manly duo appointed state of mind ambassadors

Josh Starling and Brenton Lawrence have been appointed as ambassadors for the NRL's state of mind campaign.

The NRL today announced a three year partnership with some of Australia's leading mental health organisations as part its State of Mind campaign, which aims to reduce stigma around mental illness and encourage people to seek help by improving mental health literacy.

State of Mind will be launched as part of this year's State of Origin series, but, more importantly, will become a central theme of the work the Game does in and around the community.

As the country's biggest health issue, one in two Australians will experience a mental illness in their lifetime. Suicide is the largest killer of individuals aged 15-44.

Manly Prop Brenton Lawrence said he was delighted to be involved in such a great cause.

"It was important for me to get involved because I wanted to be someone who could help but I didn't really know how to go about that. Having taken on the State of Mind ambassador role it's great that I can learn more about that then filter that down more effectively."

Mental illness doesn’t discriminate! 1 in 2 Australians will experience a mental illness in their life time and at the crisis end of the spectrum, suicide is the single biggest killer of individuals aged 15 – 44. For more information click here.