Rugby’s mental wellbeing programme. 

Kōrero. Tools. Community. 


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. 

think someone close to you needs support?

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.

Caregivers & Parents

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.

Support from other players

"Understanding yourself is difficult, there's no class for it. Figuring out the things that make you happy is important".

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. 

Ruby Tui

Black Fern Sevens

"Knowing that it's alright to go to someone and talk about stuff is massive"

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.

Du'Plessis Kirifi

Hurricanes player

"As soon as you put your hand up you realise people really do want to help"

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.

Chris Pollock

Former NZ Referee

Need Help Right Now?

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.

Depression Helpline

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.

Anxiety Line

Provide support and help around understanding anxiety and peoples experiences. Free call available 24/7 on 0800 269 4389.

The Lowdown

A website to help understand depression and anxiety from their own perspectives. Get in touch with a trained counsellor by free txt 5626.

Youth Line

Free, confidential and non-judgemental youth service. Free to call, 0800 376 633 or free text 234. You can also web-chat them here.

1737 Need to talk?

A free call and text service for New Zealanders feeling down, anxious, overwhelmed or just need to chat to someone, 1737.

What’s Up

Free phone counselling service for young people, 7 days a week They also have a free online every day. Call 0800 942 8787.