Ensuring the Mental Wellbeing of all members, players, coaches, staff and their families is an area of key focus for us.
” a club that plays and supports together, stays together “
The Foundation has put in place a Mental Wellbeing programme which ensures any Richmond Rugby Club adult member or player, coach, staff and their immediate family, have access to support, advice, information and counselling services any time of the day or night, 365 days a year. Users must be 18 years old or over and family is defined as living in the same household.
Leading industry providers, Thrive and Care First, will provide services via an App, online, by phone and/or in person according to need.
In addition to the above programme for adult members and players of Richmond Rugby Club, the Club’s Community Department 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 the Stem4 website and or click here for their further advice page, which contains various Teenage helpline numbers.
What can Care first help with?
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.
How can I access the service and support on offer?
Thrive Mental Wellbeing App
Thrive is an NHS approved, 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.
“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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