State of Mind and Offload have helped set a new Guinness World Record and raise awareness of mental health ahead of the annual Super League themed round.
Together with North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Warrington Wolves, they now hold the new world record by holding the world’s largest mental health awareness lesson at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in Warrington.
The previous world record was for 688 people and was achieved in Chennai in India earlier this year, with the new world record now 857 .
Dr Phil Cooper said: “What a fantastic night, the weather was brilliant, the former players spoke from the heart about their mental injuries and how they overcame them, highlighting an issue and then using the real experiences provided a session that raised awareness about mental health and provided practical tips on how to manage mental fitness was outstanding.
“I feel proud to work for the North West Boroughs Healthcare and State of Mind Sport to have the opportunity to help others using rugby league to save lives”
Emma Goldsmith from Rugby League Cares, who co-ordinates the ‘Offload’ mental fitness programme, added: “It was great night and brilliant to break a world record while helping people learn more about mental health issues in a fun session, in a great location.”
Round 17 is the official State of Mind and ‘Offload’ themed round.