Mental fitness is just as important as physical fitness. 1 in 5 kiwis experience some form of stress, anxiety or depression. The rugby community is no different. HeadFirst can help.
It’s normal to feel off your game sometimes but if those feelings are sticking around it might be that you need some support. Try one of the self-tests below to learn more.
Whether you’re a mate, a parent, or a coach, knowing how to check in with someone you’re worried about and understanding where to access help is important.
Click below to check out some useful tips and strategies.
You’d always ask a mate how they were feeling if they were out with an injury, asking how they’re feeling if they seem stressed or down is no different.
As a caregiver or parent you can play a massive role in supporting a player during their career. Knowing how you can best support them as well as yourself is really important.
As a coach you play a crucial part in the success of any player both on and off the field. Learn more about how you can support yourself and your players.
It’s not always the easiest thing but being able to share what’s going on for us with someone we trust is important. Nehe Milner-Skudder talks about how he role models vulnerability to others by sharing his own experiences so they know it’s OK for them to share theirs too. Listen to Nehe and other players talk here.
Being mentally fit can look different for each of us. It can take time to figure out what things bring you joy, what your goals are and to identify the tools that help you cope with life’s ups and downs. Learn more about mental fitness here.
Having a support crew around us made up of people we trust is important. These people might be your teammates, whānau, a coach or other friends. Check out some tips for having conversations here.
Letting others help when we’re finding things tough can be a big challenge but sharing your thoughts with someone else is often the first step to making things better . Listen to Chris talk about his experiences seeking support.
Dont wait. There are many options to call or text for instant support and help right now. These teams are availble for all New Zealanders feeling down, anxious, overwhelmed or just need to chat to someone. If you have an emergency call 111.
Nationwide 24-hour, 7 days a week counselling service. Free to call 0800 543 354.
Talk to a trained counsellor who can discuss your situation and find you the right support/tautoko. Free to call 24/7 on 0800 111 757.
Provide support and help around understanding anxiety and peoples experiences. Free call available 24/7 on 0800 269 4389.
A website to help understand depression and anxiety from their own perspectives. Get in touch with a trained counsellor by free txt 5626.
A free call and text service for New Zealanders feeling down, anxious, overwhelmed or just need to chat to someone, 1737.
Free phone counselling service for young people, 7 days a week They also have a free online every day. Call 0800 942 8787.