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Gloucester Rugby introduces mental health initiative’s newest representative

Gloucester Rugby introduces mental health initiative’s newest representative
Gloucester Rugby are continuing to press forward with the development of plans for the Gloucester Rugby Mental Health initiative. The initiative has the core objective to raise awareness & understanding of mental health in Gloucestershire, and promote the support available to those who need it.

Gloucester Rugby ambassadors include players Todd Gleave, Simon Linsell, Academy Performance Manager Kev Mannion and Niki Savory, Community Education Tutor who is spearheading the work at Gloucester Rugby

John Vecca, 21, of Gloucester is currently taking part in the award-winning Gloucester Rugby HITZ employability programme. John was recommended by HITZ Tutor Matt Russell, who knew John would be a fantastic representative for the project which is underway at the club.

Niki Savory spoke with John about why he wanted to be involved in the campaign.

John bravely stated:

“I've had troubles with my personal mental health in the past and having to go through those experiences kind of alone was a very difficult process.

“Due to that I want to try and help as many people as possible who are going through similar issues and the Gloucester Rugby Mental Health Campaign is a fantastic beginning. The people I've met that are part of the campaign care as much as I do about this subject, so I couldn't turn away when an opportunity like this presented itself.”

Gloucester Rugby are unable to provide help or advice on and individual basis. If you, or someone you know needs immediate help with their mental health, please speak to a medical professional or make an appointment with your GP.  

Don’t be afraid to reach out for help!  There are some great organisations available to talk to in complete confidence for either yourself or to recommend to others, including:

Let’s Talk - a free NHS service for anyone experiencing mental health issues such as anxiety, stress and depression. It can be contacted on 0800 073 2200 or via www.talk2gether.nhs.uk.

If you feel you need more help, you can call the 2getherNHS Foundation Trust in Gloucestershire direct on 0800 073 2200 to discuss an appointment.

The mental health charity Mind runs a helpline on 0300 123 3393, or 86463 on text.

The Samaritans are also always there for those who have nowhere else to turn. You can call the Samaritans on 116 123.

For more details about the initiative read this story
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