Ensuring the wellbeing of players, coaches and their families is a priority, which extends to their mental health as well as their physical health.
The Richmond Heavies Foundation has put in place a mental health wellbeing programme (available to anyone over 18) which allows any player, and their immediate family, access to advice, information and counselling services any time of the day or night, 365 days a year.
Our delivery partner, Care first, offers a number of services, which can be accessed by telephone, online, via the Thrive Mental Wellbeing App.
Balancing home life with work can be challenging, especially if you are experiencing difficulties in your personal life. You can get help with issues such as; Debt, Finances, Relationships, Family, Your Home, Bereavement and Childcare.
Many of our friendships, goals, ambitions and experiences stem from the workplace. Coping with work-related pressures will help maintain your wellbeing and the ability to be positive and effective. You can get help with issues such as Stress, Change, Conflict, Promotion, Pressure, Retirement.
Good health is the foundation of a happy life. You can get help with issues such as Physical health, Wellbeing, Stress, Nutrition; a place to check out health worries or to get inspiration and support for healthy habits.
If you wish to discuss any of the above issues with someone in-person, you can book up to six one-on-one sessions for each situation with a trained counsellor.
All counsellors are members of, and Accredited to, the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), with extensive experience and expertise.
Whatever your situation you can be sure of a supportive and constructive response. You are not alone.
By Phone: 0800 174 319
Care first has highly trained advisors who can, without judgment, help you in total confidence find practical ways forward. Just call the number above and say you are from Richmond Rugby Club.
Care first Lifestyle is an online resource containing information, advice and articles for all the above issues.
To access this service visit the website above and use the following username: richmondrugby and password: rugby
Thrive Mental Wellbeing App
Thrive is an evidence-based smartphone application providing in-depth tools and support for anyone to improve their mental wellbeing.
Where meditation may work effectively for one person, deep muscle relaxation or receiving positive messages may work better for another.
Thrive works well as a day-to-day lifestyle app whilst also having the capability to support and intervene if it detects risks of certain conditions.
To access and download the app, please visit the App Store and search “Thrive Mental Wellbeing” and use RFC001 to set up your account.
“The foundation is committed to a long term programme of screening for all players and members of Richmond over the age of 14”
“This opportunity is one of a kind really, the fact that players don’t have to pay for it is invaluable”
Richmond Women’s Chair
“Richmond are going to lead the way on this, hopefully other clubs will follow”
“As rugby players we are meant to be big strong and nothing really hurts us, but mental health effects everyone”
Kirsty Lee Griffith
Richmond Women’s Player
“There are many reasons to support the foundation, not only are you helping to save lives but you're making it a safer and better place to play”
“without screening you just never know, its very important, its brilliant work what the Richmond Heavies are doing, I’m glad to be part of it”
“it’s a magnificent club and the foundation is a wonderful testament to the way Richmond behaves, it’s fantastic and I’m very proud”
Richmond Heavies Player
“makes me feel valued, makes me feel that I’m loved and welcomed at the club”
Richmond Men’s Player
“it is a blueprint, not just for clubs but communities”
England Rugby Player
“mental health is an area which is so missed and not appreciated how much it is needed in this environment, its amazing what they are doing here”
England Rugby Player
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