Players including Tom Varndell, James Haskell and Charlie Davies speak about the need to open up and talk about mental health, explaining that one in four people experience a mental health problem every year which means that we all know someone who is dealing with the issue right now.
James Haskell said: If we were injured on the pitch we'd get help immediately, see the doctor, get physiotherapy and take care of our bodies to make sure we were fit and ready to play again as soon as possible. But when it comes to mental health, many people are afraid to ask for the support they need - worried about what others will think and that’s why this partnership between Wasps and Mind can really make a difference.”
Paul Farmer, CEO of Mind said: Wasps' Coach the Coaches programme is an important step in raising awareness about mental health both at the club and with all Wasps fans, but also in the wider world of sport. We know it can be hard to ask for help when experiencing a mental health problem, and we hope the Wasps two-year partnership with Mind will inspire people to talk openly - starting now, this World Mental Health day.
Dr Doug Wright, medical director for Aviva, UK Health, comments; “We’re delighted that London Wasps have teamed up with Mind to raise awareness of the importance of talking about mental health. Our recent research shows around a third of people feel the stigma associated with mental health has been reduced due to well-known people talking about it openly. If Wasps and the Aviva Premiership can take the lead in rugby, the more awareness there will be and the easier people will find it to seek the support they need.”
Ahead of World Mental Health Day (October 10) London Wasps have also launched a “Coach the Coaches” programme in association with Mind whereby all of the Club’s coaching and support staff will receive expert advice and guidance on how to look after the team’s mental wellbeing.
The programme will see Mind experts conduct a workshop this season with Dai Young, his coaches and his support staff.
World Mental Health Day raises public awareness about mental health issues. The day promotes open discussion of mental disorders, and investments in prevention, promotion and treatment services. This year the theme for the day is “Depression: A Global Crisis”.