True Blue Paul Langmack is now on the hunt for schools and rugby union clubs in the NSW region to spread his mental health message, after a successful tour of the North Central Coast.

Langmack, a three-time premier with the Bulldogs who played for the NSW Blues in the 1987-88 State of Origin series, has just finished speaking to 500 students in Years 7-10 from Kempsey and Nambucca Heads High Schools as part of of the NSWRL. Changing room program.

After her visits, alongside trained social workers, Langmack provides each student with a Rugby League ball.

He is now turning his attention to the Shoalhaven, New England, Moree-Narrabri and South West Sydney areas of the state.

“I’m looking for more schools, not just for the rest of this year, but also for next year,” he said.

Langmack has already spoken to 2,200 NSW Rugby League junior club players and pupils in 2022.

Now in its third year, the changing rooms have been so successful that NSWRL has now secured funding from the state government through the NSW Department of Health, to expand the wellness initiative across the face to face the regions of NSW.

“The main message is how to enjoy your life through mental fitness – because we know how good it is to be physically fit,” Langmack said.

“We want kids to have fun knowing they have the tools to stay mentally fit.

“We don’t use the term mental health or mental illness anymore because they conjure up negative things.

“If I say I’m coming to talk about mental health, kids immediately think there’s something wrong with them.

“But if I talk about mental fitness, they equate that with sport and physical well-being.

“If your mind is in good shape, everything else flows well too.”