Mens Mental Fitness group, Warrington Wolves
on Aug 02, 2017
As a follow up to the Rugby League Offload programme on men's mental fitness, we have started a mindfulness class at 6.30 on Tuesdays at a cost of just £3, at the home of Warrington Wolves, the Halliwell Jones Stadium. The next Offload season has just started and is a fantastic group to be in so come along and join in. For more details, give me a call on 07545 779303.
From the offload website:
Men getting ready to Offload for improved mental health
Rugby League Cares is calling on men across the North West to stand shoulder to shoulder and foster good mental health by participating in an exciting new project which aims to enhance their quality of life.
Run in association with Rugby League Cares and the Super League club charitable foundations at Salford Red Devils, Warrington Wolves and Widnes Vikings, ‘Offload’ will provide a support network for men to improve their mental health and make professional help and assistance more accessible than ever before.
Launched today (Monday April 10), Offload will see health professionals and professional players at all three clubs engage with supporters and the wider public to share evidence based tools, and learn the skills and techniques to build a strong mindset.
Current and former players from all three clubs will be actively involved in the project, sharing their experiences of coping with stress and pressure, and working with participants to develop their own good mental health.
Men who enrol on the 10-week programme will build their own mental fitness in a fun, relaxed atmosphere: participants, who must be at last 16 years of age, will develop coping strategies that empower them to tackle challenging situations and recognise when people close to them may need their support.
Emma Goldsmith, the Health Programme Manager for Rugby League Cares, said: “Rugby League has begun to tackle the issue of men’s mental health through initiatives such as Andy’s Man Club, State of Mind and Mantality, and Offload will build on the excellent work that is already taking place.
“The club foundations are well-placed to deliver key messages to their communities about mental health and provide support networks to men of all ages and backgrounds.
“The stigma of poor mental health is being lifted and Offload will aim to get across the message that no-one need ever suffer alone: there are lots of ways in which people can offload their concerns to trained and qualified support workers.
“We would love as many men as possible to engage with the project and begin enjoying improved mental and physical health.”
Craig Kopczak of Salford Red Devils said: “This is a fantastic project which is really going to make a difference to lots of people, not just the men who sign up but their friends and families as well.
“We all go through tough times in our lives and Offload will arm people with the tools they need to get through them.”
Warrington player Matty Russell said: “Mental health is a massive part of day-to-day life. Everyone needs to offload from time to time, and programmes like this give everyone a great opportunity to do that.
“It's important as players, but also as people, that we look out for each other.”
Widnes forward Chris Houston said: “I'm delighted to be Widnes Vikings' Offload ambassador.
“All of us will experience stress or worries at some time in our lives - this course will offer great advice on how to promote mental fitness in these moments. It promises to be fun and interesting, and will make a big difference.
“I hope that lots of our supporters get involved in this great project."
Full details of Offload at Warrington Wolves call James Howes on 01925 248894 or visit www.wolvesfoundation.com