The Canberra Royals Rugby Union Football Club is proud of many things but among the things is it most proud of work to support its players and club family across their whole lives. 

Royals has strongly partnered with the RUOK Charity over a number of years. Mental Health and Wellbeing of our players and club family is a priority.

A conversation can change a life

Ben Johnston, Club legend and R U OK? Ambassador says ”A key message R U OK? conveys to the Australian public is, ‘reminding people that having meaningful conversations with mates and loved ones could save lives’ “This message is particularly powerful and resonates across the Royals playing group. “I encourage as many people as possible to come along, enjoy the rugby and donate to this wonderful cause.”

Ben said he wants all members of the club to feel supported but especially the young players coming in each year to join the Colts and Womens 10ʼs programs. “Obviously, we’re all footballers and we’re supposed to be tough but with that, there might be a reluctance to speak out because they don’t want to be seen as weak. That’s something we’re working to change.”

Ben felt “super-privileged” to be an RU OK? ambassador and he was determined to ensure its principles were promoted by the club every day of the year. “I want to make sure that if anyone is having troubles, whether it’s in their personal life, if it’s work, money, we want them to feel comfortable and supported and know that there is always someone at the club to talk to,” he said.

Royals have five R U OK? Ambassadors linked to the Club, Ben Johnston, Brendan Maher, Mike Houston, Mick Crossman and Ben Houston.

If you know someone is struggling, please take the time to check in, ask them, R U OK? In the time it takes to have a conversation, you could change a life.

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