beyondblue explains why mental health is so important to athletes

For athletes, physical and mental health are very important. Your mental wellbeing affects your physical health and vice versa.

At the age of 22, Shaun Spence had to accept the difficult reality of his NRL career coming to an end through injury.

“I struggled to cope with that and move on to the next chapter of my life, but through talking to people, resetting my goals and having gratitude, I was able to come through”, Shaun explains.

As part of the Wests Tigers team Shaun aims to raise awareness and reduce the stigma around mental health, as well as encourage people to get active and join a team to help them protect their mental health. Shaun explains what mental health and wellbeing mean to him:

“Mental health and wellbeing is one of, if not the, most important aspects of a healthy life. Physical health sometimes overshadows it and a lot of people know how to work on their physical health by going to the gym or training but mental health is something that requires just as much work.”

Tough Mudder is proud to partner with beyondblue – to make a difference to mental health in Australia with the support of people like Shaun advocating for good mental health.

As a Tough Mudder participant you too can make a difference to mental health in three easy steps:

  • Click here to register an online fundraising page
  • Share your page URL on social media and email, asking friends, family and colleagues to donate
  • Take on the gruelling Tough Mudder course!

Every dollar you raise helps beyondblue support people with experience with mental health conditions, or supporting someone who has a mental health conditions. beyondblue’s Support Service is here for everyone – so if you need to talk things through, visit

Shaun also shared with us some tips on how to protect your mental and physical health:

  • When it comes to training, be consistent. Make sure you’re slowly increasing your training so that you don’t injure yourself.
  • To protect your mental health, find what works for you. It could be a physical activity or something else – the important thing is that you stay well.
  • Rally around your team. Tough Mudder participants will know that a good team is essential to get through the tough challenges and obstacles. A good team both on and off the course will help you take care of your mental health.

Our thanks to Shaun and the West Tigers for being fantastic mental health advocates. Good luck to all participants!