Virtual workshops help the Rugby League family tackle mental health

Virtual workshops help the Rugby League family tackle mental health

Rugby League Cares has teamed up with the mental health charity Mind to produce a series of online workshops designed to help Rugby League fans tackle the challenges created by ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Social distancing restrictions, the furlough scheme, health concerns and employment issues are all continuing to impact on members of the Rugby League family.

Covid19 has also meant that RL Cares has been unable to deliver its Offload mental wellbeing programme at a time when many people are feeling at their most vulnerable.

Offload fixtures usually take place in group sessions at the stadiums of the participating Rugby League clubs, St Helens, Salford Red Devils, Warrington Wolves and Widnes Vikings.

RL Cares has worked with Mind to create five virtual workshops involving familiar Rugby League stars to outline some of the practical tools and techniques people cause to look after their own – and others’ – mental fitness.

Stars such as Keith Senior, Paul Wood, Johnny Lawless, Lee Crooks, Lee Jewitt, Robbie Hunter-Paul, Colin Maskill and Shaun Lunt all share their own experiences of challenging situations.

The five downloadable workshops tackle five themes: what constitutes mental fitness, resilience and life balance, stress and coping, mindfulness for wellbeing, and challenging negative thinking. To view the workshops click HERE

The programme builds on the hugely successful support activities RL Cares has run in association with the Rugby Football League and RLWC2021 since the start of lockdown under the Rugby League United banner, including the Rugby League United Podcast and All Onside.

To help us continue to deliver vital support to the Rugby League communities for free, we want to hear your feedback on the campaign so far.

If you watch any of the downloadable workshops or have accessed any of the content from the Rugby League United campaign, either online or via social media, we would be grateful if you could let us know your thoughts by completing a short survey from Mind.

The survey takes just two minutes to complete and is completely anonymous. You can find the survey HERE

Thank you and stay safe.