Next week sees further significant steps in the easing of lockdown. Primary schools for certain age groups re-open. More shops and businesses are allowed to re-open. Socialising rules are relaxed further. We’ve even got some live sport, although sadly no rugby yet.

However, whilst this is good news, we are a long way from normal and this period will have lasting repercussions which will take a long time to process. There is no better time to talk about your mental wellbeing and your feelings. 

Someone passionate about getting British men to open up about mental health issues is Prince William and in an important new BBC Documentary ‘Football, Prince William and Our Mental Health’ he is using football as a way to get men talking. 

It features a number of men, from the grass roots to the elite of the game, who are choosing to open up and share their stories. There’s Rob, who after losing his baby daughter, set up a football team for bereaved dads as a way of helping with his grief and to provide a support. There’s Jamo, an extrovert from a local South Wales football club struggling to deal with his unexplained anxiety issues. There’s Joe Hart, former England goalkeeper, who struggled with his mental health after getting dropped by club and country. There’s Marvin Sordell, one of the few Premier League footballers to talk openly about suicide. The programme, available on BBC iPlayer, is humbling and inspirational and well worth a watch. Click here to watch.

Anxiety, uncertainty and the threat of job losses are set to remain with us for some time yet and as Prince William says: “Having that first conversation [about how you are feeling], can open so many doors, provide so much relief, it’s hard to over-estimate that”.

There is no better time to talk about your mental wellbeing, whether it’s with a loved one or a teammate. Or, if you need professional support, please call the confidential Care first Helpline for Richmond Members.


How Do I Access the Care first Support Line?

Information Specialist & Counselling Support: Care first have expert information specialists who can provide you with assistance on a wide range of issues which can affect daily life and a team of professionally trained, qualified and BACP Accredited Counsellors available 24/7 to offer support. 

Confidential Support Line for Richmond Members: 0800 174 319

Under 18s can visit the stem4 website where you can find a number of support helplines.


Webinars for week commencing 1st June

The daily wellbeing webinars for next week begin to address issues of emerging from lockdown: 

- Monday: 3pm-3.30pm: Post Lockdown Social Distancing Anxiety Register here

- Tuesday: 10.30am-11am: Care first Awareness Register here

- Wednesday: 12pm-12.30pm: Mental Health Top Tips Register here

- Thursday: 2pm-2.30pm: Change and Resilience Register here

- Friday 1.30pm-2pm: COVID-19 Your questions answered Register here

​​​​A list of other previously recorded COVID-related webinars can also be found on the portal on the left-hand menu of the Care first Lifestyle homepage.


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.

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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.