State of Mind

Date published: Friday, April 20, 2012

EACH of our three squads — first team, reserves and under-18s Extended Scholarship — have been given a ‘State of Mind’ presentation by NHS experts on mental heath.

It was delivered by Phil Cooper and Carol Ede, NHS mental health workers, and Colin Avery of Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust.

They have visited all professional rugby league clubs to talk to first-team squads, but Roughyeds felt it was important that each of their three teams, down to the under-18s, were made aware of what ‘State of Mind’ had to offer.

Said Phil Cooper, a mental health nursing consultant: “We made two visits to the Whitebank Stadium so that we could speak to all the players, and we were delighted to do so.

“Eventually, we hope to visit amateur clubs as well because the message we have to put across is a very important one.

“By improving mental fitness we like to think we can improve performance on the pitch as well as improving the health and general well-being of rugby league players and rugby league communities.”

‘State of Mind’ promotes ten practical tips for players to follow. They include good eating; the ability to talk to others about concerns; building self-esteem by doing things you are good at; and keeping in touch with friends.