Our story

We’re for rugby, by rugby. Mind Set Engage is New Zealand Rugby’s Mental Health & Wellbeing Programme.

Established in 2017 and formerly named 'Headfirst', the Mind Set Engage team connect with rugby clubs around Aotearoa, with a goal to support a cultural shift in our rugby communities that sees more people seeking and receiving help. 

We’re here to support players, coaches, rugby staff, volunteers and whānau improve their own mental wellbeing and provide them with tools to help others.

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Our Purpose

To champion wellbeing and create access to mental health knowledge, support and guidance for the rugby community of Aotearoa.

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Our Vision

To see a rugby community actively engaged with mental health, enhancing the wellbeing of all New Zealanders.


Our Mission

To encourage and support the practice of good mental health habits - equipping the rugby community with knowledge to help themselves, and others.