Salford Red Devils team up with Offload on World Mental Health Day

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SALFORD Red Devils are “proud to be involved with Offload” on World Mental Health Day.

Offload is a ‘mental fitness’ project run by Rugby League Cares, for men aged 16 and over. They also work with Warrington Wolves and Widnes Vikings to help men cope with their mental health through sport and activities with their 10-week programme.

Sportsmen and women have a particularly difficult time when it comes to mental health, many of them don’t know who to speak to or how to reach out, which makes the problem worse.

Recently a few sports people have spoken out about their experiences in a bid to get other talking and realise that all is not lost.

Helen Richardson-Walsh told the BBC that she is learning how to be “comfortable with being uncomfortable” after suffering from depression in 2008 and then again in 2014 after back surgery.

She told the BBC: “Waking up in the morning and feeling like what was the point of anything, not wanting to get out of bed, that kind of thing. I knew that I needed to seek help in that moment” and said reaching out for help “was a bit of me deciding to get help and people around me persuading me to.

“I was in a place where I knew I needed help and I was lucky to have the support of my family and my close friends, but also the support at hockey.”

If you feel affected by anything mentioned in this article please visit https://www.mind.org.uk/ for information.

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