It’s time to speak up: Finucane

Not matter how tough you are, it is always okay to speak to someone.

That is a philosophy Dale Finucane is passionate about.

He is an ambassador for the NRL’s State of Mind progam, a concept aimed at encouraging players, clubs and communities to speak up and seek help if they are experiencing any form of difficulty.

It is cause that rings close to home for Storm’s fearless lock.

“I know people who currently deal with anxiety, depression and various mental health issues,” Finucane said.

“That is the main reason why I wanted to get involved with it, doing my little bit wherever I can.”

Last year Finucane went into the Melbourne CBD to be part of a Headspace activation that was centred around breaking down the stigma of mental illness.

He also went out to Altona Roosters Rugby League Club to speak to the players about how to look out for signs that a teammate might be doing it tough.

“The big thing is when people do come out and speak about it, it makes it more comfortable for people to talk about it,” Finucane said.

“Whether men see it as not masculine and don’t saying anything, I think that sort of stigma is being removed in the present day.”

World Health Day was held earlier this month and it is all part of making the issue of mental health one that people are not afraid to speak about.

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