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Currently sidelined with injury, Panthers hooker James Segeyaro made the most of his time off with a trip to Albury as an ambassador for the NRL State of Mind program.

Chicko last week visited the Albury Thunder Rugby League Club and personally assisted with a presentation on mental health and wellbeing.

Mental illness is Australia's single biggest health issue and, as Australia's biggest sporting community, the NRL and its players are determined to improve the outcomes for those affected.

"It was so fantastic to have James as part of the session," NRL Community Education Manager Jessica Macartney said.

"The club was blown away to have him there. James shared some of his story and also spoke about gratitude, which is great.

"He was was a great ambassador not only for State of Mind but also for the Panthers."

This season the Panthers are proud to have both Chicko and prop forward Suaia Matagi as ambassadors for the State of Mind program.

With the knowledge and experience they will gain as ambassadors, they will then be equipped to help improve mental health literacy at the Panthers and across the Penrith region.

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.