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Keys and strategies to improving mental health were on the agenda as Hugh van Cuylenberg of The Resilience Project visited Panthers this week.

Mental illness is an ever-increasing problem in modern Australian society, with young people contributing heavily to the shocking statistics.

The latest numbers reveal one in four adolescents suffer from a mental illness of some description while more than half of those individuals never seek help for their condition.

After some moving personal experiences and years of study, van Cuylenberg began The Resilience Project to help Australians build resilience and improve their mental health.

His message was clear and resonated well with the Panthers players. Simply put, everyone is capable of improving their mental health to some degree by practising three things: gratitude, empathy and mindfulness.

Over the course of 21 days most people are able to 'rewire' their brains towards positivity and in doing so improve their position on the mental health spectrum.

The Panthers and the NRL are committed to reducing stigma around mental illness, creating positive discussion and connection in our communities, and stimulating help-seeking behaviours by improving mental health literacy.

Click here for more information on The Resilience Project, or here for information on the NRL's State of Mind program.

Acknowledgement of Country

Penrith Panthers players and staff respect and honour the traditional custodians of the land and pay our respects to their elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.