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Thu 07 Jun 2018

857 people team up to break world record at The Halliwell Jones Stadium

THE Halliwell Jones Stadium hosted the world's largest mental health awareness session yesterday, Wednesday, in a bid to break a Guinness World Record.

Warrington Wolves, North West Borough's Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, State of Mind and Offload teamed up to promote mental fitness and raise awareness of the support on offer to those in need.

Led by Dr Phil Cooper MBE, a NWBH nurse consultant, and a group of former and current rugby league players, 857 attendees turned out to beat the previous 688 record set in India earlier this year.

The session lasted 35 minutes, featuring audience interaction and talks from the group of players about their individual experiences with mental health, finishing with a special performance from the Warrington Wolves Wirettes team.

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👏👏Thank you to the 857 people who turned up to the HJ this evening to take part in our world record attempt for the biggest mental health awareness lesson

Speaking after the event, Dr Cooper said: "What a fantastic night. The weather was brilliant, and the former players spoke from the heart about their own mental health and overcoming their problems.

"Sharing real life experiences to raise awareness of mental health was really powerful and brought the lesson to life.

 

"I feel proud to work for North West Borough's Healthcare and State of Mind Sport, and to have the opportunity to use rugby league to reach people, raise awareness of mental health and help save lives."