A CHARITY set up following the death of former Leeds Rhinos and Wakefield Trinity player Terry Newton has saved at least 24 lives, its backers say.
State of Mind was founded in 2011 in response to Newton’s suicide the previous year, aged just 31. This weekend’s Betfred Super League fixtures – including Leeds’ derby at Wakefield on Saturday and Castleford Tigers’ home game against Warrington Wolves the following afternoon – have been designated the State of Mind round.
State of Mind marquees will be in place at Super League matches, with volunteers on hand to offer advice or information.
The charity’s aim is to prevent suicide and to promote increased awareness of mental fitness, well-being and resilience in rugby league players, fans and communities.
Examples of lives saved include a fan who was contemplating suicide, but changed his mind after speaking to a volunteer during last year’s State of Mind round of fixtures.
A spokesman said: “State of Mind sport encourages and enables people to ‘let it out’ and talk to others to get a handle on their problems and their lives back on track.
“We know if we can reach vulnerable people early in their illness we can often provide compassionate support, an alternative perspective, reasons for living and hope.”