The Turn to Me campaign was initiated by Isaak Ah Mau, Petero Civoniceva and Ipswich Jets Chairman Steven Johnson after the passing of a couple of young, talented rugby league players in 2013.
The prevalence of depression in the young men and women who participate in our sport drove Ah Mau, Civoniceva and Johnson to look for a concept that would encourage these people to reach out for help.
To reach out to a coach, to a player, to a mate.
The final round of each season will be dedicated as the “Turn To Me” round in order to reinforce the message of mateship over the long off-season.
Most Australians have some experience with anxiety and depression or related disorders, whether it is personal or via family, friends or work colleagues. beyondblue’s work is aimed at achieving an Australian community that understands depression and anxiety, empowering all Australians, at any life-stage, to seek help. beyondblue raises awareness, reduces stigma and ensures people have access to the information they need to support recovery, management and resilience.
beyondblue is a national, independent, not-for-profit organisation and a bipartisan initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments.
beyondblue works in partnership with health services, schools, workplaces, universities, media and community organisations, as well as people living with depression, anxiety and related disorders and their carers, to bring together expertise and provide tools and resources.
- Increasing awareness of depression and anxiety
- Reducing stigma and discrimination
- Improving help seeking
- Reducing impact and disability
- Facilitating learning, collaboration, innovation and research
For information on depression, anxiety and related disorders, available treatments and where to get help, visit www.beyondblue.org.au, call the beyondblue info line on 1300 22 4636 (local call cost from a landline), or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Round 25 match between Souths Logan Magpies and Mackay Cutters of the Intrust Super Cup is the Turn to Me round which is aimed at raising awareness of male depression.