This week has been Mental Health Awareness Week, with the theme of kindness.

The campaign has been running since 2001 and has grown to be the biggest annual mental health campaign in the world. In sport, it has been great to hear stars from a number of different sports open up and share their stories about mental health and also how lockdown has been affecting them. The boxer Ricky Hatton explained how he has been "treating lockdown like a training camp" and has noticed both the physical and mental benefits. 

In the BBC Documentary ‘A Royal Team Talk’, Prince William and five football legends - Gareth Southgate, Thierry Henry, Peter Crouch, Jermaine Jenas and Danny Rose - have a revealing conversation about mental health.

One particular story resonates. Jermaine Jenas, then captain of Tottenham, explains how a young Danny Rose - who has since been very open about his mental health struggles - used to come to him and say he couldn’t play because he was homesick and needed to go home. He wonders now whether looking back, he, his teammates and the club ignored the warning signs about Rose’s struggles and implores those in a dressing room environment to “notice the things happening around us with teammates”.

The programme, available on BBC iPlayer, is well worth a watch (click here

Closer to home, a current member of the Richmond men’s senior squad told us about one of his ex-team mates who this week opened up on social media about his mental health issues, which he has suffered with for years. “I was shocked. We never suspected anything. He was the quintessential ‘alpha-male’ player, with a big personality both on and off the pitch” he told us.

These stories illustrate how, with this year’s theme of kindness, we can all be kind to our team mates by really asking them ‘how they are’ (and as one of the Heavies said - ask them twice, the second time you ask, you might get their honest answer!) and noticing when people aren’t themselves or say or do something unusual.


Webinars for week commencing May 25th

After a brief hiatus for the bank holiday, the daily wellbeing webinars for next week begin to address issues of emerging from lockdown: 

Wednesday 12pm-12.30pm: New Routines After Lockdown 

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Thursday 11am-11.30am: Improving Resilience During and After Lockdown 

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Friday: 11am-11.30am: Coping with the Pressure to be Productive During Lockdown 

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Be Kind To Us - Follow Us on Social Media

One of the ways you can support the Richmond Heavies Foundation - and be kind to us! - is to follow us on social media: Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. We provide regular updates on forthcoming content, webinars, etc as well as sharing stories about mental wellbeing.

Twitter: @richheaviesfdn – CLICK HERE TO FOLLOW

Facebook: @richheaviesfdn – CLICK HERE TO FOLLOW

Instagram: @richheaviesfdn – CLICK HERE TO FOLLOW


How do I access the Thrive App?

 - Download on the App Store or get it in Google Play and use “RFC001” to set up your account

- Your Thrive “mental fitness coach in your pocket” is always available (24/7, 365 days a year) so you can access it whenever you need it.


How do I access Care first?

Care first Lifestyle is an online resource offering immediate information, answers and advice to a range of personal, workplace and health issues, helping you to improve your mental wellbeing.

Click here to access the online resource using login details username: richmondrugby and password: rugby.

Confidential Helpline 0800 174 319

Where you can receive a wide range of guidance and counselling from Care first specialists. All you need to do is call this number and say you are from Richmond Rugby Club.

This support programme, is available 24/7, 365 days of the year and is a confidential, free of charge service to members, players, coaches and staff of the Club. 


What about under 18s?

In addition to the above programme for adult members of Richmond Rugby Club, the club has also developed a partnership with stem4, who specialise in supporting positive mental health in teenagers. If you feel you or your family might benefit from this resource, please visit their website.