Rugby clubs across Cumbria will be getting offered mental wellbeing sessions next month to help with their fitness and resilience.

'Grassroots' club initiative, organised by State of Mind Sport, is a charity that harnesses the power of sport to promote positive mental health.

It is hoped that it will benefit sportsmen and women, fans and wider communities with the aim of preventing suicide.

A spokesperson from State of Mind Sport said: "The charity was established in 2011 following the tragic death of Terry Newton, former Wigan Warriors and Great Britain international rugby league player who took his own life in September 2010.

"State of Mind Sport’s founders were determined to prevent similar tragedies in other communities, by raising awareness of mental health concerns, tackling stigma, providing mental fitness education and resilience, and by signposting individuals and families to timely support during tough times."

Twelve clubs across Cumbria will be taking part next month including: Egremont Rangers, Aspatria Hornets and Kells ARLFC.

November is Mens Mental Health Month so it is very important for the charity to be promoting its work at that time of year.

The charity say that all clubs have a responsibility to promote the mental wellbeing of their players.

A session will be held and they will support the club to identify a mental fitness champion.