World record attendance for mental health awareness session

A new world record of 857 people have attended a mental health awareness lesson at Warrington Wolves’ Halliwell Jones Stadium.

The record-breaking attempt was organised by the State of Mind charity, North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Offload Rugby League and the club itself.

Former players Danny Sculthorpe, Phil Veivers, Paul Highton, Jimmy Gittins and ex referee Ian Smith helped to deliver the session, which lasted around 35 minutes and was preceded by entertainment.

The awareness lesson was led by Dr Phil Cooper MBE, from North West Boroughs NHS, who said beforehand: “This is a great opportunity to increase awareness of mental fitness and have a great time in a fantastic rugby stadium.”

Rugby league has a strong track record of delivering programmes in the community focused on mental wellbeing, and even has a round of fixtures dedicated to the subject, this year taking place between June 14-17.

The new record beat the previous mark of 688 people set in Chennai, India earlier this year.

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