Former Warrington Wolves fullback Kurt Gidley has joined the charity EquiEnergy Youth to help improve mental health in the Port Stephens community.
Gidley, who played for the Wolves in 2016 and 2017, will be part of the group that is providing free training for more families in Port Stephens that will build their capacity to know ”what to do” when their children are not coping.
Aside from that, he will also part of a formidable coaching set-up at the Newcastle Knights that involves club legend Andrew Johns.
The Knights, fed up of losing local talent to other NRL sides, have invested heavily in a new junior pathway academy and high performance centre as impressive as any other club in any code in Australian sport.
But, first and foremost, Gidley is getting behind this superb charity initiative.
“Kurt is getting behind our gofundme campaign to raise money to provide this,” a spokesperson said.
“Our services are aimed at reducing instances of psychological distress, self harm and the risk of suicide in young people. The TAR3 Psychological First Aid framework provides adults with a guide to follow when responding to a child experiencing an episode of psychological distress.
“We are coaching adults (families, teachers, other professionals) how to do this and working within Port schools.”