With the Restart Rugby Weekend 2017 taking place this weekend, where Restart Rugby, the official charity of the Rugby Players’ Association, is aiming to raise £10,000 as part of their #LiftTheWeight campaign.
Earlier this season, when the campaign launched, we spoke to Christian Day, RPA Chairman, about the importance of raising awareness of mental health, not just in rugby but across the wider population.
“The Players’ Association took it upon themselves to put out a piece of work detailing the struggles that players will go through on and off the pitch.” Day commented.
“Often you see what happens on the pitch but you don’t see what happens off the field so the RPA are taking a lead on that to put a good foot forward on mental health issues.
“The stereotype of the rugby player is that typical tough guy that just gets on with things. We have a great network here at Saints in terms of playing, we all support each other. Often you can get in some dark places and the important thing is to talk to your mates, talk to the people around you and as the campaign says Lift The Weight.
“The aim of the campaign was to go beyond rugby. It’s not just about rugby players, it’s about everyone and hopefully if people at home see some of the big names that are involved in the campaign talking on camera about their struggles then it will help them to speak up.
“The biggest killer of under-45s is suicide, it’s a real issue in society at the moment and if we as sportspeople can do something to help with that then it’s really important that we do. We’re glad to do it.”
How you can help #LiftTheWeight
- Bid on fantastic signed club and England memorabilia
- Get your limited edition Restart Rugby #LiftTheWeight t-shirt, as worn by clubs during warm ups this weekend - wear yours and tweet your photo @RestartRugby #LiftTheWeight
- Text LIFT17 £5 to 70070 to donate £5
All funds raised will help support players when they need us most.