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18 February, 2021

Cowboys pass along mental health message

STUDENTS at Mareeba State High School (MSHS) recently got a special visit from the North Queensland Cowboys as they delivered a message of positive mental health through The Resilience Project.

By Rhys Thomas

Former North Queensland Cowboys Ray Thompson and Gavin Cooper.

STUDENTS at Mareeba State High School (MSHS) recently got a special visit from the North Queensland Cowboys as they delivered a message of positive mental health through The Resilience Project.

Over Monday and Tuesday last week MSHS students were introduced to the Resilience Project through former North Queensland Cowboys Gavin Cooper and Ray Thompson. 

The Resilience Project seeks to teach positive mental health strategies to kids through three pillars, Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness. 

These pillars are the foundation for The Resilience Project and are delivered through humour, vulnerability and personal experiences to better connect with the audience. 

Mr Thompson said that this is an effective project, and he has personally used its teachings in his own life. 

“Through my own life journeys and experiences I implemented the strategies every single day and still do now with my kids, it’s had a profound impact on my life,” he said. 

“What we do is use our playing experience, personal experience but also our brand to promote something really positive for the community. 

“It’s not about football, it’s not about the club it’s about the message.”

The Cowboys encountered the Resilience Project in 2015 and has since used their status as a platform to better inform and educate youth on positive mental health practices. 

They have joined a wide range of other sporting brands including the Australian Cricket, Netball and Soccer teams, all other NRL clubs and multiple AFL teams. 

The Resilience Project is specially curriculum tailored for teachers and schools to easily access and understand the material, the project is currently being utilized by over 1000 schools and 1 million Australians.  


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