Premiership Rugby continued commitment to tackling Mental Health sees
new partnership with The Looseheadz Foundation
Premiership Rugby today announces a new partnership with mental wellbeing charity, the Looseheadz Foundation, which will see the appointment of mental health ambassadors across many of England’s grass roots rugby clubs.
As part of its continued commitment to breaking down the barriers surrounding mental health and promoting better mental wellbeing across all its communities, Premiership Rugby will work with Looseheadz to embed mental health advocates within its award winning HITZ and Project Rugby Community Programmes, supporting Looseheadz ambition to have a mental health ambassador in every grassroots club in England.
The partnership will also support staff at Premiership Rugby and the 13 Premiership Rugby clubs with regular training and webinars designed to encourage open conversations about mental health.
Community Clubs – We are helping Looseheadz’s with their aim of getting a mental health ambassador at every grassroots club. Sign up for the webinar with Craig Doyle, Nolli Waterman and Shaun Edwards if you are interested.
Wayne Morris, Director of Community and CSR said: “We’re delighted to partner with Looseheadz to drive mental health awareness together. Our partnership will embed mental health support into our community programmes which often support some of the most vulnerable groups, breaking down barriers surrounding mental health and providing safe spaces for our participants to open up.
“Rugby is a very tight knit community and it’s important for us, as Premiership Rugby, to lead from the front and tackle the stigma around this issue. We want to encourage everyone in the game, the players, fans, staff, our community clubs and our sponsors to all support others and encourage open conversations about mental health.”
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The announcement comes at the start of Mental Health Awareness Week 2021, which will see a whole host of activations by Premiership Rugby and its partners to drive awareness and understanding of this growing issue amongst its key audiences.
Improving understanding and awareness will help us all to take that first important to step – asking someone “are you OK?” – could be the start of a life-saving conversation.
Mental Health Awareness Week follows the annual Restart Weekend which sees all 13 Premiership clubs fundraising to support the mental health helpline provided by The Rugby Players Association (RPA). Restart supports players and families with financial and practical support during difficult times, as well as much needed emotional support to help players come to terms with the loss of the game they love at the end of their careers.
Wayne Morris continues: “Rugby, as with all sports, can play a vital role in helping people to better mental wellbeing, but we all need to play our part. Improving understanding and awareness will help us all to take that first important to step – asking someone “are you OK?” – which could be the start of a life-saving conversation.”
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