Brad Fittler was in town last week

PROMOTING MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS: Brad Fittler and Gus Worland with leaders from Glen Innes High School as part of NSWRL's Hogs tour.
PROMOTING MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS: Brad Fittler and Gus Worland with leaders from Glen Innes High School as part of NSWRL's Hogs tour.

Glen Innes High School students were in for a treat last Wednesday when NSW Blues State of Origin coach Brad Fittler and media identity and Gotcha4Life founder Gus Worland were in town for the NSW Rugby League Foundation's Hogs tour across the state.

The tour sets about bringing important messages regarding mental health to kids in the bush.

The duo, along with the rest of the men and women on their bikes for the tour, spoke to students at the school to enable them to manage mental health better.

Fittler spoke of the dangers of social media as well as the importance of breathing, meditation and nutrition while Worland educated the students on how speaking to a close mate about problems in life can help.

"The biggest thing is they just put a little bit of routine into their lives," Fittler said.

"It is extremely important to lean back on the real basic things of real basic nutrition, hydration and breathing.

"They are the things I say to them and Gus Worland talks about having that person; one person you can tell them how you feel, more than banter.

"They are two messages we try to get across."

Social media is one of Fittler's biggest grievances, especially among young people.

He mentioned how dangerous it can be, especially given the sparse nature of country areas.

"I think some of the kids get overwhelmed with getting scores or being this or image," he said.

"They are really fed a lot of challenges from the moment they wake up.

"Problems are always there, even in the highest of times.

"Through the point of having more space, being on their [regional youth] own more, you find the rates of loneliness out here are a lot higher.

"Then throw social media in there which is supposed to make you connected, which is the opposite; it disconnects you. It is crap.

"It is tough for them out here.

"They tell you it connects you when it does the opposite."

The tour covers around 5,500 kilometres of territory and 24 centres across the regional part of the state.