- RFU supports two new mental health campaigns
- The campaigns have been launched by the RPA and Time to Change
The Rugby Football Union (RFU) is supporting two national mental health campaigns launched by the Rugby Players Association (RPA) and Time to Change.
With statistics showing that one in four people will fight mental health problems in any given year, the RPA, Mind and Rethink Mental Illness have launched campaigns aimed at raising awareness, offering support and changing perceptions of how to deal with mental health.
The RPA's 'Lift the Weight' campaign aims to remove the stigma surrounding mental health issues, sharing stories and experiences of team-mates and peers in order to create a greater understanding of mental health issues within rugby.
The Lift the Weight launch video and interviews are available to view on the RPA’s new Lift the Weight hub, alongside other resources, links and advice relating to a range of mental health issues.
Time to Change, the mental health campaign run by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, has launched a five-year campaign ‘In Your Corner’, encouraging men to be open and supportive to someone they know who is fighting a mental health problem.
"It is important to help remove the stigma surrounding mental health issues which is why the RFU is proud to support Lift the Weight and Time to Change," said Ian Ritchie, RFU Chief Executive.
"We want everyone involved in the game to feel supported, that they are not alone in their struggles and able to speak out about anything that it troubling them."