Richmond Heavies Foundation partners with RFC on mental health support for members
The Richmond Heavies Foundation, established almost two years ago in response to the untimely deaths of three stalwart Richmond Rugby club players, is delighted to announce the launch of an extensive support programme for mental health. In close partnership with Richmond Rugby Club, the Foundation will fund a comprehensive programme of support for all members, players and their families. We believe this is a groundbreaking initiative for a community rugby club, and we are proud to build upon the extraordinary camaraderie and closeness of the Richmond Rugby Club family.
We recognise that current events may place an increasing burden on many of our club family, and we are determined to make available a structured programme of support. We are following the WHO model comprising elements around Promotion, Prevention, Treatment and Recovery. In partnership with our mental health care providers, Care First, the Foundation will make available to all members and adult players at the club the Thrive app which is a clinically effective mental wellbeing app for members, to build resilience against stress, anxiety and depression.
In addition, the Foundation will fund a helpline and programme of up to six one to one (by phone) counselling sessions with expert counsellors from Care First.
This programme, fully underwritten by the Foundation with funds raised at a series of events in the last two years, demonstrates the commitment of the Foundation and Richmond Rugby Club to Preventing controllable conditions in the Richmond Rugby Family, and Supporting members who succumb.
“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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