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The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs round 23 match with the New Zealand Warriors at ANZ Stadium on Sunday August 19 will be known as Be Brave round.

Be Brave is about speaking out and raising the awareness of mental health issues.

The BULLDOGS IN THE COMMUNITY aims to reduce the incidents of mental illness and the stigma around it and to empower everyone to live a mentally healthy life.

Mental health is a local issue and one of our very own will tell his story and reveal the real man behind Brave Dog.

Brave Dog is a passionate Bulldogs member who bleeds blue and white, is #proudtobeabulldog and has an inspiring story of his own.

A lot of people ask him why he does what he does, but he made a choice to be the best he possibly could be and he wants everyone to know that we can all be brave. Be brave to talk to your mates. Be brave to talk to your partner. Be brave to talk to your family. Never give up believing in you. Let's be brave together and start the conversation.

He will share his story with the team and on Sunday will lead the side out on to ANZ Stadium.

In the lead up to the match with the Warriors, the Bulldogs family is coming together throughout the week to show their care, support and encourage people to open up to someone they trust about how they're feeling.

We want our community to inspire each other, be positive role models & bring the Bulldogs pack together.

In 2018 the club launched the Active Breed program in partnership with Western Sydney University and the South Western Sydney Primary Health Network to develop and implement the Active Breed men's health program.

Active Breed focuses on health priorities including being overweight and obesity, physical activity, nutrition, mental health and is the first of its kind to be implemented in the NRL and the South-West Sydney region.

There are many ways to get involved in Be Brave round, show your support and be united:

- Bulldogs members and fans can paint their face like Brave Dog with face painting stations located inside ANZ Stadium at Gate K and Gate AB.
- Donate to the Black Dog Institute.
- If you have been dealing with mental health issues for more than two weeks, consider booking an appointment with your GP
- If you need someone to talk to – Lifeline provides free 24/7 telephone and online crisis support: 13 11 14.

Remember to get your tickets at and bring the whole family along for a great afternoon of rugby league.

Acknowledgement of Country

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs respect and honour the Darug and Eora nations, who are the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.