Many people dream of being a professional sportsman but Bristol Rugby centre Will Hurrell admits he has experienced as many ups and downs as anyone else.
And helping others overcome mental health issues – a cause close to his heart – is why he leapt at the chance of becoming Bristol’s Movember captain.
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“Personally I’ve not had any physical issues with my health, but the mental side of it as a sportsman has played quite a prominent part for me,” he said.
“If you are not in the right frame of mind and things are not going well for you, it can be very tough and it happened to me when I was younger.
“It takes courage to admit to yourself that things are not right. Some people don’t have anyone to talk to, especially young men who are single.
“But it’s important to raise awareness that help is out there and it’s great to be able to be involved.”
To date, the Movember Foundation has funded over 1,200 men’s health programmes around the world, focusing primarily on prostate cancer, testicular cancer and suicide prevention.
None of this can happen without the incredible community of Mo Bros and Mo Sistas. Having created a Mo League, Premiership Rugby are urging rugby fans to sign up, join the movement and help their team top the league.
Bristol, alongside the other 11 Premiership Rugby clubs, are helping to spread the word by grooming weird and wonderful moustaches throughout this month.
- The Movember Foundation is the only global charity focused solely on men’s health
- Men are dying too young, on average men die 4 years younger than women in the UK
- Premiership Rugby are urging rugby fans to join the Movember movement and take action.
And according to Hurrell, some of his teammates’ efforts are already shaping up far better than his own flame-haired ‘slug’.
“There’s a lot more growing to do this week gone but Mark Sorenson’s is not looking too bad and Rob Hawkins is definitely sporting a good one,” he added.
“So there are a few good efforts and to be honest I’m at the back of the queue with my little ginger slug!
“It’s my first year with Bristol but it’s a really nice club with a great fanbase and it’s good to give back to the community.
“Anything which can help out the young lads in particular to talk about the stuff they wouldn’t normally want to makes a big difference.”
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Join the Movember movement and stop men dying too young.
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